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Passenger video gives inside view of ATC screw up at Melbourne Airport

*Updated with YouTube link ABC News, and possibly the commercial networks, will tonight air an inflight passenger video of a set of near collisions involving two Qantas 737s and an Emirates 777 at Melbourne Airport last July.

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News goes ga-ga over year old MH370 news

The News organisation definition of ‘exclusive’ when it comes to MH370 appears to be reporting news that is more than a year old.

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Vanuatu to lose its last Aussie jet as Virgin leaves

The failed state of Vanuatu’s shoddy runway at the Bauerfield, Port Vila airport has finally become evident to Virgin Australia, which like Qantas and its main shareholder, Air New Zealand, is now taking its jets home until things get fixed.

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Traffic chopper, Qantas, Virgin 737s get too close over Melbourne

Updated* Australia Day could have started (and ended) badly for two passenger jets with more than 300 seats and a traffic chopper near Melbourne airport on Tuesday.

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ATSB closes in on controversial 2013 fog emergency at Mildura

It’s almost three Australian winters since a Virgin Australia 737 with 91 people on board made an emergency landing at Mildura on a fog bound runway the pilots had difficulty seeing and came to a stop with its fuel tanks near empty.

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Good story about MH370 gets a bit hysterical

The Australian today has become the last newspaper to discover that the ATSB thinks MH370’s pilots were incapacitated for the final hours of its flight to a crash site in the south Indian Ocean.

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Hoverboard burns down house near airport

The most important thing to note about this morning’s Melbourne hoverboard fire that burned down a house which coincidentally was near Essendon Airport was that the house wasn’t at 40,000 feet at the time.

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Malaysia Airlines didn’t fly wrong way for 8 minutes out of Auckland

For an example of hysterics in the click bait media, the persistent reports that a Malaysia Airlines jet flew in the opposite direction to that intended for a full eight minutes on its way from Auckland to Kuala Lumpur is hard to pass up.

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Fairfax attacks Jetstar for no free upgrade for reporter yet ignores critical safety story

The decline in editorial values in Fairfax is written large in its bleating story this morning about a TV reporter who didn’t get a free upgrade because she was returning from a Thailand holiday with a broken ankle.

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ATSB rates Jetstar Darwin diversion as ‘serious’

That puzzling diversion of a Jetstar 787-8 on its way from Melbourne to Singapore to Darwin on Monday 21 December has been rated as a ‘serious’ incident by the ATSB, which the safety investigator defines as one that could have led to a crash.

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New details about MH370 search come to light

New insights into the search for missing flight MH370, and what happens the moment the jet is found, were explained at a briefing for members of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences Institute in Perth recently.

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Qatar Airways incidents send it screeching into PR, safety crises

It is astonishingly how quickly Qatar Airways has been plunged into a PR nightmare over two serious incidents involving a Boeing 777-300ER and an Airbus A350-900.

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Qatar issues alarming report about Qatar Airways flight

The just released factual interim Qatari report about a serious incident involving a Qatar Airways 777-300ER  in September isn’t something you would like to read while about to board one of its flights.

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Comment: Why action should be taken against Jetstar

The incidents involving missing loading data and an out of balance takeoff by Jetstar are evidence that the airline and its safety regulator CASA cannot be trusted to ensure passenger safety.

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Two serious Jetstar incidents under ATSB investigation

After an unexplained delay two incidents involving Jetstar domestic flights in October are being investigated by the ATSB, with one of them placing a jet equipped with more than 215 seats in grave danger.

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Thailand fails critical air safety standards, cops US downgrade

All Thai airlines flights that serve Australia are as of today branded as coming under inadequate safety oversights from its national aviation agencies as a result of ICAO and American FAA downgrades.

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Pel-Air 2nd final report now has data, and a stab at a date

The disgraceful saga of the ATSB inquiry into the ditching of a Pel-Air Westwind jet in 2009 now has black box data, and an indication of a date, for its second and forced final inquiry into the accident.

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The ugly side of social media and piloting writ large

On a day when this writer is about to attend a memorial for a friend who died in controversial circumstances in a recent helicopter crash, Flight Safety Australia has published a story about social media trolling that journalists, commentators, and pilots ought to carefully consider.

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