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BEN SANDILANDS | April 25, 2015 | VOLCANIC ASH | |

Qantas recalls Santiago flight as Chilean volcanic ash spreads

This recent photo of the Calbuco eruption is from an ABC News viewer

Fears of widespread flight disruptions arising from this week’s eruptions from Chile’s Calbuco volcano are growing, with many delays or cancellations of services yesterday and today to Chilean and Argentinean airports including from the US, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 24, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 1 |

ATSB releases new month old images of Pel-Air wreckage

It seems to have occurred to someone in the ATSB that it does need to eventually post updates on the re-opened inquiry into the 2009 Pel-Air crash which it botched the first time around.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 24, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | |

A truly polar plane crash reported

And now for something completely different

This is what you get if the need is for a small jet for very rugged strips

Earlier this month a very rare jet airliner crash landed in an extraordinary location, within 50 kms of the geographical north pole.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 23, 2015 | SPACE | 3 |

Dawn catches up with mini planet’s strange bright spots

NASA's most recent image of mystery mini planet Ceres

The bright spots seen on dwarf planet Ceres have come back into view from the Dawn spacecraft but remain as mysterious as ever.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 22, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 40 |

Latest MH370 update takes issue with search criticism

While there are no discoveries reported in the latest MH370 search update, it makes a point of rejecting recent criticism from a range of sources, as well as The Australian’s inexplicable re run of a year old story saying it could have been seen low over a ‘remote’ Maldivian Island on the morning of its disappearance.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 22, 2015 | HIGH SPEED TRAINS | 17 |

Japan’s new maglev train speed record still comes up short

The seven car maglev test train that broke 600 kmh

Another tantalizing glimpse of the future of high speed surface transport came with this week’s setting of a 603 kmh speed record by Japan’s test Maglev train project.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 20, 2015 | ALLIANCES | 16 |

What might the Emirates Qantas alliance look like by 2023?

Emirates president and CEO Tim Clark, and its vehicle of growth the A380

News overnight that Emirates wants to extend its alliance with Qantas to 2023 might seem ho hum, but what exactly will it look like by then?


Emirates enjoins Rolls-Royce in its push for an A380 NEO

An Emirates A380: Does it distort the market, or drive it to new heights?

Emirates’ powers of persuasion were apparent at a number of levels in yesterday’s high stakes switch to Rolls-Royce as the engine maker for 50 already ordered Airbus A380s.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 17, 2015 | ROUTES | 50 |

Qantas returns to Perth-Singapore route (but with 737s)

A very special Qantas 737-800, Qantas photo.

It’s taken a while, but Qantas has given in to common sense and pressure from its Western Australian customers and re-instated services between Perth and Singapore from 26 June.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 17, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 6 |

Boeing rejects concerns computer hackers could take over jets

Hard at work on new hacks, a Berlin Chaos Communication Congress in action

Boeing has dissented from US government agency fears that airliners like the 777 that was operating missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 can be taken over by computer hackers.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 16, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 8 |

MH370 search extension comes with a not so subtle hint

No wreckage means no closure for furious next of kin

While there were no surprises in the official statement at the end of today’s tripartite review of the MH370 search, there was one not so subtle hint from Australia’s deputy PM Warren Truss.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 16, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 12 |

MH370 search will be extended if current zone proves empty

A moderate sea state for Fugro Discovery, one of the search vessels

The next of kin of the victims of missing flight MH370 have been informed by text message that the ocean floor search will continue if nothing is found within the current priority search zone by a sonar scanning exercise due to finish by the end of next month.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 16, 2015 | ROUTES | 5 |

Houston … Qantas might not have a problem!

Guest ranching in Texas, at Twin Elms

Air New Zealand’s new service between Auckland and Houston from December might not be quite the challenge to the Qantas service between Sydney and Dallas Fort Worth that is being suggested elsewhere.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 16, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 14 |

Sydney 2nd airport curfew row started with campaign brain fade

Why did Anthony Albanese disavow years of support for a curfew free 2nd Sydney Airport?

The current row over a curfew for Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek began with a spur of the moment reversal of Labor policy over the issue in the heat of a moment in campaigning for the last month’s NSW state election.


Virgin’s full service roll out ends, the real battle begins

Behind the smiles, this will be much more than a food fight

Virgin Australia’s completion today of its moves to offer complimentary food and drinks (as fitting the hour of travel) across its services, as well as free checked luggage is not so much the start of a bun fight between the major carriers, but the onset of harsh performance comparisons.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 15, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 12 |

Asiana crash lands another airliner, this time in Japan

The earlier bad landing by Asiana at SFO in 2013 killed three people.

The news just in from Hiroshima is quite remarkable, in that Asiana has not just crash landed its second jet in two years, but done so with enough force to get it from an initial impact outside the boundary of the city’s airport to a standstill near its intended gate, where passengers were then evacuated down slides.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 15, 2015 | CRAP MARKETING | 3 |

Disgusting Woolworths Anzac campaign recalls Tiger anger

The ignorance and disrespect of Woolworth’s shabby, shabby attempt to sell more groceries using the Anzac centenary has been slapped down, but didn’t they pay any attention to what happened to Tiger Airways in 2009?

BEN SANDILANDS | April 14, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 13 |

MH370 search review unlikely to deal with official lies

When will Malaysia tell the relatives of the dead what it really knows?

Will anyone at the tripartite review of the search for MH370 being held in Kuala Lumpur this Thursday have the guts to ask why Malaysia deliberately misled its partners about the course taken by the missing Boeing 777 from day one, back on 8 March 2014?


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