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BEN SANDILANDS | August 04, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 2 |

Dick Smith says ATC upgrade plans verge on ‘criminal negligence’

Dick Smith has written to the Minister responsible for Aviation, Deputy PM Warren Truss, describing current plans to upgrade Australian air traffic control as “verging on criminal negligence.”

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 04, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 9 |

MH17 narrative under pressure as world waits for MH370 news

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop prepares to attack Russia at UN but isn't more needed?

While tests continue on the piece of wing that may have come from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 the conduct of the airline in permitting MH17 to fly across a war zone in Ukraine last year needs to be kept in mind amid continued calls for a UN criminal probe.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 03, 2015 | TOURISM | |

Australia’s greatest airline rivals set up new tourism company

Walking the Apostles track, one of Australia's finest outdoor adventures.

The two great contenders in Australian airline competition in the early years of this century, Geoff Dixon and Brett Godfrey have a new tourism investment venture the Australian Walking Company.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 02, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 19 |

Claimed door, burned suitcases, add to debris associated with MH370

This local Imaz Press photo shows police checking every bit of metal found on the rocky shores

Revised

Suddenly the list of objects retrieved from the coastline of La Reunion and associated with missing flight MH370 is growing, but so are doubts about their relevance.

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BEN SANDILANDS | August 02, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 3 |

Vital MH370 mystery clues might have been burned on La Reunion

Was this 777 wing section used as a table in May?

Some terrible possibilities that evidence that could help solve the MH370 mystery have inadvertently been burned in beach cleaning operations on La Reunion island in the Indian Ocean have been raised in media reports.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 31, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 28 |

Confirmation of MH370 wing flap discovery comes with consequences

The recent 'still praying for MH370' mural in Kuala Lumpur

There are consequences from the confirmation this evening by Malaysia’s deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi that the wing flaperon recovered from La Reunion in the Indian Ocean on Wednesday is from a Boeing 777.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 31, 2015 | TOURISM | 1 |

Gold Coast tourism to be boosted by Hong Kong Airlines

 

An A330 in Hong Kong Airlines livery.

The Gold Coast Bulletin has the scoop on Hong Kong Airlines starting seasonal holiday flights to its airport from next January.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 31, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 12 |

MH370 search finds more fools in CNN newsroom

Puzzled CNN suit pulls funny face and map walks

The news directors in CNN (if there are any) have again shown they have the attention span  of goldfish that are constantly surprised by finding themselves in a fish bowl.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 31, 2015 | HACKING | 3 |

More details emerge of massive Chinese hack on US airline

A United 787-8. The hack is thought to have been about its passengers, not its service standards

There are more detailed claims in Bloomberg and Forbes in recent days as to the depth and true intent of massive Chinese computer hacking attacks on US companies, including United Airlines, that have obvious implications world wide.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 30, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 25 |

Suitcase found near suspected MH370 wing discovery on La Reunion island

A suitcase has been found in the same area of La Reunion island where a suspected part of the wing of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 was found yesterday.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 30, 2015 | LABOUR RELATIONS | 13 |

How might Qantas use its new long haul aircraft?

Some new images of this plane in Qantas livery are overdue.

Although Qantas is careful not to say it will actually go ahead and take delivery of optioned Boeing 787-9s from 2017, the overwhelming support by its pilots for a new long haul EBA allows speculation as to how it might use them.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 30, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 21 |

Doubts linger over possible MH370 wreckage on remote island

This photo from La Reunion first appeared on aptly named French blog Peur Avion

Update Malaysia’s deputy transport minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi says it is “almost certain” that the debris washed up on La Reunion island in the southern Indian Ocean belongs to a Boeing 777 aircraft.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 30, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 19 |

Wing fragment possibly from MH370 found on remote island

One of the Twitter photos posted on French blog Peur Avion

Update 2  While the only missing 777 is MH370, some older 777s have been scrapped and their parts sold, a factor causing delay in identifying the origin of this part found on La Reunion island.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 29, 2015 | SPACE | |

Virgin Galactic crash raises risk realities for space flyers

Disaster overtakes VSS Enterprise last October over the Mojave desert

Virgin Galactic’s rocket rides have been about to happen for close to seven years, and the report of the US investigation into the destruction of the first of a fleet of five spacecraft intended to carry six passengers and two pilots to the edge of space tells us that there was a lethal design error which contributed to that accident last October over the Mojave Desert.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 29, 2015 | FINANCIAL RESULTS | 8 |

Virgin Australia cuts losses sharply in fourth quarter filing

Virgin Australia group CEO John Borghetti, with a better story to tell coming up

In a curtain raiser to its full financial years result to 30 June Virgin Australia has this morning filed greatly improved fourth quarter results.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 29, 2015 | SPACE | 4 |

Design rather than pilot error blamed for Virgin Galactic crash

Investigators beside the wing tip feathers of SS2 after the disaster

The probable cause of the crash of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo sub-orbital joy flight craft last October lay with its design and not the pilot who prematurely unlocked a device intended to stabilise its re-entry from the edge of space according to the NTSB.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 28, 2015 | ALLIANCES | |

Delta buys symbolic stake in China Eastern, but why?

A new look China Eastern A330-200

After making a huge fuss over the alleged unfairness of sovereign ‘subsidies’ in Middle East carriers, US behemoth Delta is buying a symbolic stake in China Eastern, widely regarded as the most subsidised state owned airline of current times.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 27, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 8 |

Safety and financial concerns close in on Thai International

Thai International 747 at Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport

The ‘real’ news about Thai International is getting worse as safety and financial performance concerns generate negative headlines in Bangkok.

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