The role of adventurers in aviation was very much on my mind while reading Dick Smith's thrill-a-page book, The Earth Beneath Me, the story of his solo helicopter flight from Fort Worth, Texas to Sydney, Australia in 1982.
There has been remarkably little attention paid to the very near disaster that befell Qantas Airlines Flight 32 in 2010. In QF 32, Captain Richard de Crespigny details his amazing job leading the team pilots who at the time everything went to hell.
"Today's aircraft engines and aviation are safe. So safe in fact that when "sh*t happens" it is not an issue that it has happened, but rather how the crew respond to manage it and comfort the passengers."