• Captain Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann speaks at the 100th Wilbur and Orville Wright Lecture

    December 06, 2011  - On 8 December 2011, Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann, Chief Pilot and Director of Training, Boeing Flight Training, delivered a fascinating insight into the challenges of the Boeing 777-200LRs distance flight and the flight test program.

    Captain Darcy-Hennemann also celebrated the Royal Aeronautical Society’s 100th Wilbur and Orville Wright Lecture by recounting other centennial anniversary milestones involving women aviators on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean to highlight the passion that drives every aviator - the challenge of the perceived impossible and the poetry of the aircraft.

    This Lecture, preceded by the presentation of the Society’s General Medals & Awards and followed by a dinner with invited guests, was attended by more than 250 industry professionals and enthusiasts, enthralled and captivated by the anecdotes, personal accounts as well as the range of flight videos shown.

    At the end of her presentation, Captain Darcy-Hennemann quoted a poem by Goethe about goal setting and passion:

    “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events, issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no one could have dreamed, would have come their way. Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now.”

    Captain Suzanna Darcy-Hennemann was named Chief Pilot and Director of Training for Boeing Training and Flight Services in October of 2008. She is responsible for Flight Training operations in 20 campuses globally.

    The Wilbur and Orville Wright Lecture was established to honor the successful and experienced mechanical engineers who completed the first successful controlled powered flight on 17 December 1903.  It has become the principal event in the Society’s year, given alternately by distinguished members of the US and UK aerospace communities.