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Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands has reported and analysed the mechanical mobility of humanity since late 1960 - the end of the age of great scheduled ocean liners and coastal steamers and the start of the jet age. He’s worked in newspapers, radio and TV in a wide range of roles as a journalist at home and abroad for 56 years, the last 18 freelance.

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Australia 'expects' to examine three new possible MH370 items

Ben SandilandsMay 26, 20161 Comment

Is the general media silence about more potential MH370 parts being discovered on western Indian Ocean shores a sign of disinterest or a decline in news gathering resources?

Sixth and seventh parts of MH370 found on Mauritius?

Sixth and seventh parts of MH370 found on Mauritius?

Ben SandilandsMay 26, 2016

Mauritius is suddenly the scene of multiple discoveries of proven or probable fragments of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370

Has a sixth MH370 fragment been found? Probably

Has a sixth MH370 fragment been found? Probably

Ben SandilandsMay 25, 20161 Comment

As high seas delay the closing stages of the seafloor search for the wreckage of MH370, yet another promising piece of potential debris from the missing airliner has been found in Mauritius

Embraer's E2 jets aren't heading to Australia anytime soon

Embraer's E2 jets aren't heading to Australia anytime soon

Ben SandilandsMay 24, 20163 Comments

The first flight of the upgraded Embraer E190-E2 jet today showed off an already popular type of regional airliner, but it isn't likely to go into service here for some time

Boeing breaks into Airbus territory with 737 MAX sale to VietJet

Boeing breaks into Airbus territory with 737 MAX sale to VietJet

Ben SandilandsMay 24, 20168 Comments

It looks like a draw in a Vietnam sales war fought by Airbus and Boeing as the big American sells VietJet Air 100 of its tightest fit 737 models

Airbus has a non-stop Canberra to anywhere VIP jet for the PM

Airbus has a non-stop Canberra to anywhere VIP jet for the PM

Ben SandilandsMay 23, 2016

Someone has been watching too many Games of Throne episodes in designing the VIP version of the A350 that Malcolm Turnbull might be tempted to buy, as it appears to have a defenestration facility for underperforming minions and press gallery recalcitrants

Flights have never looked better, unless you are an airline or agent

Flights have never looked better, unless you are an airline or agent

Ben SandilandsMay 23, 2016

Thanks to the prolonged Australian election campaign, and lurches toward political lunacy in America and Europe, there has never been a more exciting time to holiday abroad, and party like there is no tomorrow.

Singapore's micro 2nd airport gets upgraded to help Changi

Singapore's micro 2nd airport gets upgraded to help Changi

Ben SandilandsMay 22, 201613 Comments

Yes, there is another airport in Singapore, it is getting a new terminal, but you'll probably never use it

EgyptAir data points to on board fire bringing down MS804

EgyptAir data points to on board fire bringing down MS804

Ben SandilandsMay 21, 201617 Comments

Evidence suggests a fire emergency broke out on board the EgyptAir jet immediately before it crashed earlier this week

EgyptAir flight MS804 found, now the real work begins

EgyptAir flight MS804 found, now the real work begins

Ben SandilandsMay 20, 20165 Comments

Unlike MH370, the causes of the crash of EgyptAir flight MS804 seem certain to be determined faster than any conspiracy theories as to what happened can take hold

EgyptAir crash is lost in a sea of doubt and fear

EgyptAir crash is lost in a sea of doubt and fear

Ben SandilandsMay 19, 201611 Comments

Almost everything you might have thought was known about missing EgyptAir flight MS804 in the last 24 hours was wrong, fictional, or under serious doubt

Alitalia edges closer to a future return to Australia?

Alitalia edges closer to a future return to Australia?

Ben SandilandsMay 19, 201618 Comments

There was a time when Alitalia was 'the' international carrier for Carlton and Leichhardt and similar Australian-Italian enclaves, and it could be on the way back

MH370 debris photo gives doubters a reality check

MH370 debris photo gives doubters a reality check

Ben SandilandsMay 18, 20165 Comments

An amateur photographer has come forward with a photo that torpedoes some of the conspiracy claims made about the disappearance of MH370

MH370 stories add new sliver of info to the mix

MH370 stories add new sliver of info to the mix

Ben SandilandsMay 17, 20162 Comments

Hopes that the wreckage fragments from MH370 will tell more about the jet's last moments have been dashed

Tigerair takes on rest of Asia with alliance

Tigerair takes on rest of Asia with alliance

Ben SandilandsMay 16, 20165 Comments

A long game by Singapore to engineer a low cost airline boost to its hub and tourism industry has spawned an LCC alliance that will benefit Virgin Australia's Tigerair franchise

Virgin Australia has space for all in 777 remake

Virgin Australia has space for all in 777 remake

Ben SandilandsMay 16, 20164 Comments

Virgin Australia has kept the classic spaciousness of 777 economy class seats in its officially launched remake of its small fleet of the big Boeings

THE Antonov An-225 Mriya visits Perth

THE Antonov An-225 Mriya visits Perth

Ben SandilandsMay 15, 20168 Comments

Plane watchers crowded the margins of Perth's main runway today to see the one and only giant 'Dream' heavy lift aircraft, the An-225, arrive on a charter flight from Prague

Why Jetstar's latest incident should alarm flyers

Why Jetstar's latest incident should alarm flyers

Ben SandilandsMay 14, 20167 Comments

The ATSB says a 'serious incident' is one that could end in a crash, and Jetstar has just had another one