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BEN SANDILANDS | May 24, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 17 |

MH370 search part 2 nears end but is the answer in KL not Indian Ocean

What needs to be kept in mind as the second phase of the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 enters its final days?

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 22, 2015 | SEATING | 6 |

SingaporeAir poses some premium questions with new seats

It looks like everything economy class used to be before it was ruined by bean counters and high density seating

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 20, 2015 | ENGINE TECH | 3 |

Airbus flies its alternative new tech engine on A320 NEO

If you were to look closely, the new tech engines are wider than those flown today

The contest for the richest game in jet making, the single aisle market, took another step overnight with Airbus flying the new tech CFM International LEAP-IA engine on an A320 NEO test aircraft for the first time.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 18, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 26 |

More evidence of MH370 causing mass inattention, gullibility in society

A hacking symposium. Could such fun make MH370 disappear?

OK. I’ll crack. After more than a day of pestering by nut jobs, conspiracy theorists and even that rarest of species, other reporters in paid employment, about the guy who hacked the movies menu in a jet to make it fly sideways, I’ll offer a considered review of the claims.

They are rubbish.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 16, 2015 | FREE TRADE | 27 |

Anti-ME airline claims by US majors grow louder, what if they win?

Postcard from Dubai to DC: We buy lots of your airliners

Let’s consider the possible consequences if the major US airlines, American, Delta and United, succeed in restricting if not reversing the expansion of the major middle east carriers Emirates, Etihad and Qatar Airways.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 15, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 20 |

Pel-Air crash victim wins right to compensation for PTSD

Karen Casey, featured in a recent 4 Corners report on her struggle for compensation

Karen Casey, the nurse who was seriously injured in the Pel-Air crash near Norfolk Island in 2009, has won the right to damages from the air operator for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 14, 2015 | IDEAS | 6 |

Airbus brain game: Can drones keep birds away from airports?

Using drones to keep birds away from engines and critical control surfaces

Birds are a major threat the safety of flight at airports, and a Tokyo student team has proposed using drones the way farmers use dogs to control sheep, and herd them away from approaching jets.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 13, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 17 |

MH370 search finds mystery shipwreck

Found in the perpetual darkness of the deep, not MH370, but a forgotten shipwreck

As southern winter conditions compromise southern Indian Ocean searching for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 a mystery shipwreck has been found on the sea bed.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 12, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 4 |

All doubts are off, Swiss will launch Canada’s CSeries jet

The CSeries 100 in Swiss livery, now ready for its delayed debut

Lufthansa Group has overcome an attack of cold feet over Bombardier’s all new CSeries 100 regional jet airliner, and will become the first to put it into service in the first half of next year through its Swiss subsidiary.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 11, 2015 | RAIL | 54 |

Govt lunacy and vandalism comes to Sydney’s railways

Soon to leave Epping underground for the last time, a comfortable train

The prolonged and childish destruction of the functionality of the Epping to Chatswood rail link is only just sinking in for Sydney commuters, while the asset sale supposed to fund a second (actually third) harbour train crossing is being undermined by advances in renewable energy technology.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 09, 2015 | MARS | 10 |

Mars Rover Curiosity goes scenic mountain climbing

Mars as you've never seen it before, courtesy NASA and the Curiosity rover

The views from NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity have become even more dramatic as it climbs higher up the side of Mt Sharp in Gale Crater. And the questions as to what it is seeing are becoming more intriguing by the metre.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 08, 2015 | ENGINE TECH | 23 |

Boeing’s LEAP of faith in its 737 MAX line takes to the air

Unveiling a LEAP engine a year ago in France by Pierre Fabre, Chairman of SNECMA

The French-American LEAP-1B engine which is crucial to the operational success of Boeing’s  forthcoming 737 MAX family took to the air today on a 747 test platform operated by the GE Aviation Flight Test division at Victorville, California.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 07, 2015 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 9 |

Emirates makes $US 1.5 billion, despite runway, currency woes

The high earning Emirates flagship, the Airbus A380

Geography, technology, capital and a powerful brand have earned Emirates its second highest annual profit of $US 1.5 billion in its 27th consecutive yearly profit for the 12 months to 31 March.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 07, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 29 |

French investigators help expunge Germanwings pilot’s name

Contrails fill the sky over the Germanwings crime scene

Commentary  The only good thing that stands out in the interim accident report into the Germanwings crash is that the French investigators do not name the miserable wretch who slaughtered the 149 people onboard  the A320 he flew at high speed into the base of a mountain in southern France on 24 March.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 06, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 8 |

Crucial deep sea mini-sub suspended from MH370 search

Norwegian deep sea robot being checked out before joining the MH370 search: Kongsberg photo

Australia is withdrawing a crucial automated deep sea search vehicle from the search for MH370 in the southern Indian Ocean for the duration of the winter.

The shock announcement may be justified by the deterioration in conditions, but will inevitably cause controversy over a lack of spine or determination from critics of the conduct and methodology of the search.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 06, 2015 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 5 |

Tigerair takes aim at queues, counters with a hip hit team

Tigerair Australia CEO Rob Sharp (nearest engine) and some of his crew

iPad toting customer service staff with holster mounted printers started the process of eliminating much of the counters and queues for Tigerair passengers at its Melbourne Airport terminal today.

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 06, 2015 | ROUTES | 5 |

Jetstar’s Gold Coast China deal adds to pressure on Tiger

Would you trade making China connections in Sydney for bone pain in this crowded jet?

Jetstar’s deal for non-stop flights from Wuhan to the Gold Coast with China’s tourism, retail and property investor Dalian Wanda Group poses the question, where is the Virgin Australia Group’s policy for its participation in the fastest growing inbound market in Australian travel?

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BEN SANDILANDS | May 05, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 8 |

FAA, Boeing, take steps to stop Dreamliners turning into gliders

A fully powered non-gliding approach by a 787 Dreamliner

In a you-just-can’t-be-too-careful story America’s FAA has formalised Boeing’s advice to 787 users to power them down at regular intervals to prevent them, well, falling out of the air!

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