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 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.
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 Flight 1549, the Miracle on the Hudson
The finest book I have ever read . . . structure and flow provide a PhD for leadership. Resilience is a necessary skill for working in Houston Mission Control. Fly! would be mandatory reading for all leaders and members of my flight control team.
Space flight by its nature involves complex, time-critical decisions. By the time we finish training they have acquired the resilience needed for success. Fly! would be the primary textbook for our training.Gene Kranz, former NASA Flight Director
Richard de Crespigny is not only one of the most accomplished and prominent pilots of our time, he is also an impressive author and researcher. Fly! is as much about aviation and great airmanship as it is about leadership and management under stress and strain, and how our brain works in acute crisis situations. Richard shows how good crisis management, whether in the cockpit of an aircraft or at the helm of a big company, can be learned and how it should be practised and sharpened. Fly! is the perfect book for leaders in all walks of life. It should be mandatory for business colleges, military academies and, of course, flight schools.-Dr Thomas ‘Tom’ Enders, Chief Executive of Airbus
An extraordinary, invaluable book – a must read.-Dick Smith AC, adventurer, entrepreneur, record-breaking aviator and philanthropist
Fly! is an extraordinary collection of modern wisdom, amassed by a man who has demonstrated his resilience in the most remarkable way.-William Voss, former Director at ICAO, former CEO of the Flight Safety Foundation and former Senior Aviation Safety Official in the United Nations