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BEN SANDILANDS | April 23, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 1 |

MH370 Interim accident report kept under wraps

ADF photo of Bluefin-21 being readied for another sea floor mapping mission

The Malaysia director general of civil aviation Azharuddin Abdul Rahman has told the country’s first media briefing in a week that the interim report into the disappearance of missing flight MH370 has been sent to ICAO but not yet publicly released.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 23, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 10 |

MH370 Possible debris washed up near SW tip of Australia

Update: Malaysian authorities tonight described the objects as plastic sheets which may have come from the cabin but which have not yet been confirmed or dismissed as being from MH370

Objects which may be from missing flight MH370 have washed up east of Augusta, which is the town nearest Cape Leeuwin, the southwestern tip of Australia.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 23, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 1 |

Was it a bird, or a stuff up? The Virgin ATR questions

Whatever it was that the ATR hit, it was definitely too damaged to continue to operate in the state in which it came to rest in Albury

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 23, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 3 |

MH370 First targeted sea floor search almost over

Internal cabin panels and seat cushions and even items of passenger clothing or crew uniforms, could wash up very far from a point of impact, possibly on the shores of a different distant sea, long after MH370 has faded into the past

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 22, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 5 |

Ferris Wheel plane crash not part of fun of the fair

The aircraft caught in the Ferris Wheel: NSW Police photo

This manages to be both serious, and funny, because no-one died. The ATSB has published its final report into what appears to be the world’s only collision between a powered aircraft and a ferris wheel at a fun fair.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 22, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | |

MH370 air search suspended today because of cyclone

The Australian coordinated air search for signs of floating debris from missing flight MH370 has been suspended today because of the adverse effect on operations by Cyclone Jack.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 21, 2014 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 2 |

Tigerair Mandala doubts cast shadow over Asia LCCs

Endangered species? A Tigerair Mandala A320, Wiki Commons photo

While idle fleets of newly delivered Jetstar A320s burn holes costing millions of dollars a month in the Qantas accounts, the competing Tigerair franchise in Asia is in a similar crisis in Indonesia.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 20, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | |

MH370 Targeted sea floor search passes halfway mark

Today's AMSA map of the surface and sea floor search locations

The Australian coordinated multinational effort to find missing flight MH370 has of this morning passed the halfway mark for its original targeted sea floor search.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 20, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 1 |

MH370 Frustration sets in, as best guess yields nothing yet

Several days ago, according to a source, one person with expert insight into the analysis being carried out, said as an aside “It’s in the Himalayas.”

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 19, 2014 | CABINS | 10 |

Is this the end for comfort in A380s, and other ‘roomy’ all new jets?

Transaero's new A380, the biggest load yet: Supplied image

Like Boeing with the 787, Airbus has made heroic efforts to sell its A380s and now the A350s with new standards of passenger space and amenity.

But it’s all over isn’t it?

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 18, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 7 |

MH370 Definitely headed to a deeper new search?

AMSA map of the areas searched up until this morning 18 April

Reading between the lines, and in the absence of a discovery of debris floating on the sea surface, or at rest deep under it, the search for missing flight MH370 seems likely to be changed in the near future.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 18, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 4 |

Virgin Australia’s leg breaker ATR now ATSB tail breaker

A Commons photo of a Virgin Australia ATR72

There are some peculiar matters to note about the misfortunes of a 68 passenger Virgin Australia region ATR72 turbo-prop in February.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 17, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 2 |

MH370 Initial sea floor search will be faster than previously reported

The surface and seafloor search areas for today: AMSA

In its latest update the Australian coordinated sea floor search for missing flight MH370 says that the initial search area may be mapped relatively quickly.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 17, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 84 |

Badgerys Creek: How it can make huge sums for airlines

Qatar Airways A380. The airline refused to fly to Sydney because of the curfew

The Coalition government’s description of Badgerys Creek beginning as a modest western Sydney airport may be rapidly overtaken by the much more lucrative ambitions of the airlines that want to use it.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 16, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 38 |

Badgerys Creek roads to cost more than stage 1 of 2nd Sydney Airport

Somewhat overshadowed by the resignation of NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell this morning Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced $2.9 billion in new road works over eight years to improve access to the $2.5 billion estimated cost of the first stage of a second Sydney Airport at the Commonwealth owned Badgerys Creek site.

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