Richard Godfrey completed a Bachelor of Science at the University of Salford in Computer Science and Systems Engineering and a Post Graduate Diploma at the European Business School INSEAD in Paris. He has designed and successfully operated a number of avionic systems for a wide range of commercial and military aircraft including Boeing 747, Panavia Tornado, General Dynamics F-16 and LTV A7 Corsair. These avionic systems include autopilots, automatic landing systems and flight management systems. He was the lead engineer for the integration and test of the European Space Agency Spacelab with the NASA Space Shuttle. In this capacity, he designed and implemented an engineering simulator of the NASA Space Shuttle.
Richard was a founding member of the MH370 Independent Group investigating the disappearance of MH370 since 2014. He has published 59 papers and presentations on MH370, including both flight and drift models. Duncan Steel and Victor Iannello have made valuable contributions by providing online forums for discussion of the disappearance of MH370, and Richard has published papers on both web sites. Richard has regular contact with the MH370 next of kin and was a guest speaker at their 6th remembrance event. Blaine Gibson has found many of the items of MH370 floating debris and has visited most of the other sites and investigated finds made by others in South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius. Blaine has shared his wealth of information on MH370 debris items with Richard. Richard is acknowledged for his external contribution to the official search for MH370 in the final report of the ATSB entitled “The Operational Search for MH370”.