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Richard De Crespigny

Australian Adventurer Illustrates Flying's Glorious Contradictions

Christine Negroni | Posted 11.16.2014 | Books
Christine Negroni

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.

Aussie Pilot's Story Deserves Wider Audience

Christine Negroni | Posted 10.16.2012 | Books
Christine Negroni

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.

Qantas Returns A380 To Service

Christine Negroni | Posted 06.23.2012 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Both Woody Allen and William Shakespeare have words of wisdom regarding the momentous flight today of Qantas Airlines' newly resurrected Airbus A380. Don't believe me? Keep reading.

Australians Simulate Airbus 380 Near Disaster

Christine Negroni | Posted 07.18.2011 | Travel
Christine Negroni

Before investigators wrap up the Flight 32 investigation, they should be sure it isn't written up as a near-disaster, successfully completed by a crew of heroes and an exceptional plane.

A380 Killer Engines or Jaws Syndrome

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Christine Negroni

"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."

Why the Qantas A380 Must Fly Again

Christine Negroni | Posted 05.25.2011 | Travel
Christine Negroni

There are important lessons to be learned from Qantas Flight 32. All of which are entirely unrelated to whether and when VH-OQA goes back in the sky.