Cover art for Fly!: Life Lessons from the Cockpit of QF32
Viking, September 2018
Softcover, 304 pages
23.5cm × 15.7cm × 2.5cm

Fly!: Life Lessons from the Cockpit of QF32

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In 2010, thousands of feet in the air above Singapore, the 469 passengers aboard QF32 found themselves in a crisis that no one could have anticipated when the A380 in which they were flying suffered a catastrophic explosion. Captain Richard de Crespigny and his crew confronted extraordinary challenges over the next four hours, with only three partially working engines, and a potentially explosive plane facing an imminent emergency landing.

Even experienced crash-investigators later revealed they thought recovery in such circumstances was impossible. Yet in the end all aboard walked away safely. Why was there a seemingly miraculous outcome to what could so easily have become one of the world's worst aviation disasters? And how did the captain and his crew remain so calm in such a stressful situation? The answer is leadership, teamwork and skill. 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, it's a book whose wisdom can be applied to challenges and opportunities in the workplace as well as to life. Including exclusive insights from fellow hero pilot Sully Sullenberger, astronaut Neil Armstrong, NASA's Gene Kranz and others who have, like Richard de Crespigny, succeeded under intense pressure, Fly! will enable everybody to perform at their best and to succeed in any situation.

Reviewed by Bill

Bill is the Buyer for Boffins, so blame him when you don’t find the book you want. He reads widely, particularly non-fiction, and reviews books monthly on Wednesdays with Gareth Parker on radio station 6PR.

Most of us have imprinted on our minds the story of Qantas flight QF32 from Singapore to Sydney on 4 November 2010 – where an explosion shattered Engine 2 of the Airbus 380 and threatened the survival of the plane and its 469 passengers.

The captain of that flight, Richard de Crespigny, wrote about it in the best-selling book QF32

His new book takes a fascinating look at accidents and other crises, big and small – including the QF32 incident – and analyses them through the filter of cutting-edge research

He explores the science of success and reveals techniques we can all use to enhance our performance and be ready for anything, both in the workplace and in life.


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