In conversation with Richard de Crespigny


Richard de Crespigny, author of the bestselling book QF 32, will be in conversation with Genevieve Jacobs about Richard's new book, Fly!. QF 32 recounts on how 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.

Richard says about the 10 chapters of Fly, "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".

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.

"Richard de Crespigny takes us on a fascinating journey through the hearts and minds of resilient leaders, revealing what it takes to overcome life's greatest Challenges." Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger, Captain of US Airways Flight 1549.

Genevieve Jacobs has been a journalist for 30 years, working in print and radio. She is the former Mornings presenter for ABC Canberra and sits on the ACT's advisory committee for historic places, the boards of the National Folk Festival, Canberra International Music Festival, M16 artspace and the Conflict Resolution Service. She has an enduring interest in building and strengthening community engagement.

Pre-event book signing will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event. This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books will be available to purchase.