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Meet Richard de Crespigny

North Lakes Library, Tuesday, 18 September 6.30pm

On 4 November 2010, a catastrophic explosion rocked an A380 flight en route from Singapore to Sydney. In the cockpit, Captain Richard de Crespigny and his team worked tirelessly to land the plane safely, so not one of the 469 passengers or crew were injured.

In Fly!, Richard de Crespigny shares the insights and techniques he built up over decades in the high-pressure world of military and civilian aviation, covering leadership, teamwork, risk-assessment, decision-making, crisis management, lifelong resilience and more.

Richard de Crespigny will be signing books after his talk. Buy a book at the event, or bring your own copy along to be signed.

Doors open 6.00pm, talk starts 6.30pm



On 4 November 2010, thousands of feet above the air in Singapore, a catastrophic explosion rocked an A380 flight en route to Sydney. In the cockpit, Captain Richard de Crespigny and his team worked tirelessly to land the plane safely, two hours after it took off. Not one of the 469 passengers or crew were injured. What could have been an utter catastrophe was avoided due to quick thinking, stellar teamwork, resilience and quality leadership in a crisis situation.

Broken down into ten chapters, Fly! addresses critical elements that will build resilience, and can be taken into both professional and personal settings. From leadership to managing a crisis, the importance of learning from mistakes, failing well and Post-Traumatic Stress, each chapter also contains a handy checklist to summarise key points and learnings. Using local and international case studies, Richard’s insights and techniques obtained over a four-decade-long career in aviation, and interviews with international names such as Capt. Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger and Gene Kranz, Fly! will enable everybody to perform at their best and succeed in any situation.

Fly! is a book for those who want to learn how to master their minds, build their resilience and perform superbly in all circumstances. 'In these pages I delve into the elements of my own resilience, the ability to absorb, adapt and recover from difficulties. Offering lessons from my 40+ years of experience in high-stakes situations, I dissect and analyse the underlying thinking, systems, procedures and skills that ensured no lives were lost that day. My aim is to show you how to develop your resilience and sharpen your skills to enable you to deal with whatever life throws at you,' says Richard.

About Richard de Crespigny

Richard de Crespigny

Melbourne born and educated, Richard Champion de Crespigny AM got his first taste of a future flying career as a 14-year-old when his father took him on a tour of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) Academy at Point Cook in Victoria.

In 1975, aged seventeen, he joined the RAAF. One year later, he started flying. During his 11 years flying transport, jet and helicopter aircraft with the RAAF, he was seconded as Aide-de-Camp to two Australian Governors-General – Sir Zelman Cowen and Sir Ninian Stephen. Richard remained with the RAAF until 1986 when he joined Qantas, flying Boeing 747, Airbus A330 and A380 jet aircraft.

In 2010 he was the Captain on board Qantas flight QF32 when it suffered a catastrophic explosion. His multi-award-winning and best-selling book QF32 is a blow-by-blow story of what went right when things went wrong in the air. Richard still flies the Airbus A380. He delivers presentations on the elements of resilience (knowledge, training, experience, teamwork, decision-making, crisis management, post-traumatic stress and risk) to governments, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies.

In the 2016 Australia Day Honours, Richard was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his significant service to the aviation industry, both nationally and internationally, particularly to flight safety and to the community.

Dates / Times

North LakesTuesday, 18 September6.30pm (Doors open 6.00pm) Join the waitlist




Bookings for this event are required.


North Lakes Library
(07) 3480 9900

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