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  • Richard de Crespigny: Fly! Life Lessons from the Cockpit of QF32
  • Richard de Crespigny: Fly! Life Lessons from the Cockpit of QF32

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Richard de Crespigny: FLY! Life Lessons from the Cockpit of QF32

In Conversation with Rhianna Patrick

Presented by Brisbane Powerhouse

When you need to step up, what will you do?

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 an aviation disaster? And how did the captain and his crew remain so calm in such a stressful situation? The answer is leadership, teamwork and skill.

Join Captain Richard de Crespigny in this special conversation with ABC Radio’s Rhianna Patrick about his new book FLY! and hear him discuss 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 and Rhianna will discuss how these techniques can be applied to challenges and opportunities in the workplace as well as to life.

Richard will be signing books following the event.

Writers+Ideas is supported by O’Neill Architecture. 

About the Venue

Common Questions

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Is there food and drink available

Brisbane Powerhouse has two on-site restaurants; Bar Alto and Watt Restaurant + Bar. More information can be found on our Eat + Drink page.

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See an exhibition
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Brisbane Powerhouse is located next to the beautiful New Farm Park, one of Brisbane’s most popular and much loved recreational facilities. Pack a picnic, smell the roses in the garden, play a game of tennis, let the kids loose in the playground, enjoy a coffee, or just sit back and take in the sunshine.

Accommodation
Brisbane Powerhouse recommends The JohnsonTryp Hotel, and Sofitel Brisbane