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Articles by Ben Sandilands

Where did Qantas levy-workers-for-future-strikes idea come from?

Had it not been for Germanwings the story of the last week would have been Qantas seeking powers to dock employee pay for articulating naughty thoughts about going on strike at a future date.

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Germanwings aftermath is more about pilot heart attacks than madmen

The original main reason for some airlines adopting a two-people-in-a-cockpit-at-all-times rule wasn’t as much about terrorist threats but medical emergencies.

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NZ acts to impose new cockpit rules on Qantas subsidiary

The switch to US style cockpit management rules has now come to the Qantas Jetconnect subsidary based in Auckland after New Zealand mandated those changes today following the murder of 149 passengers on a Germanwings flight by one of its pilots this week.

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Airlines rapidly change cockpit rules after Germanwings crash

In the shocked aftermath of  the Germanwings disaster European airlines are reported to be rapidly adopting the US rule which prevents any pilot being left alone in a cockpit Australia’s airlines are likely to adopt the same change in cockpit management soon, or have it imposed on them by regulation at home or more likely [...]

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Germanwings co-pilot deliberately crashed jet

The public prosecutor in Marseilles has confirmed that the young and comparatively inexperienced co-pilot of the Germanwings A320 that crashed in the southern French alps on Tuesday took control of the jet after the captain left the cockpit and then flew it into a mountain

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Cockpit security has been turned inside out by Germanwings crash

Cockpit security used to be about keeping the baddies out of them. From today it is also going to be about preventing a rogue pilot from being alone in them.

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Damaged Malaysia Airlines A330 is limping home

The Malaysia Airlines A330 that was stranded at Melbourne Airport for 10 days after a severe hard landing is ‘limping’ home.

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Germanwings pilot locked out story is deeply troubling

A terrible, but unconfirmed claim has just been published in the New York Times that one of the pilots of the Germanwings A320 that crashed in the southern French alps was locked out of the cockpit.

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Germanwings: Investigator says “We have voices, sounds” on tape

A useful digital audio file has been extracted from the damaged cockpit voice recorder retrieved from the site of the Germanwings crash in the southern French alps. “We hear voices on the recording” a crash investigator told reporters

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Severe hard landing stranded Malaysia Airlines jet in Melbourne

A severe hard landing by a Malaysia Airlines A330 at Melbourne Airport has kept it stranded there for the last 10 days pending inspections, any necessary repairs and now, an investigation by the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

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No early answers to fatal alps descent by Germanwings

Darkness has fallen over the site of yesterday’s Germanwings disaster in France, and there are, as would be expected at this stage, no early answers as to its cause.

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No survivors in Germanwings disaster in French Alps

Revised  The Germanwings A320 that crashed in the French Provence-Alpes inland from the Riviera coast  killing all 150 people on board today struck high terrain at an altitude of 2000 metres  at the end of a steep eight minutes long descent from its cruising altitude of more than 11,000 metres.

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Qantas faces ACCC opposition to China Eastern ‘coordination’

Qantas faces some substantial objections to its proposed ‘coordination’ arrangement with China Eastern from Australia’s competition guardian the ACCC, which has served notice that it proposes to deny its application its approval.

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Pel-Air damages disclosure raises public policy failures

If there is a shred of human decency in our politicians, steps will be taken to reverse the exposure of domestic air travellers to the loss of  post traumatic compensation rights for injured persons that are a part of Australian law in relation to many other types of debilitating accidents.

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Pel-Air shock, no trauma damages recourse for victims

ABC TV’s Four Corners program tonight has a terrible shock for all domestic air travellers. Australia has willingly signed away your rights for compensation for psychological trauma if you survive a plane crash, in order to harmonise our regulations with those of the rest of the world.

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Malaysia’s airlines continue to offend their victims

The delays on the part of Malaysia’s two major airline brands in meeting their obligations to the relatives of the dead in the MH370 and MH17 disasters and the constant evasions from AirAsia X in refunding monies owed for flights it failed to operate are continuing to damage their standing in Australia.

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AirServices goes four pronged, destroys three holed paper

In a week when the ATSB account of how AirServices ‘lost awareness’ of a Virgin Australia 737 most of the way between Sydney and Brisbane should have received more attention, the organisation is engaged in paper warfare.

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Despite social media fakes, the real eclipse shines through

It was windless, sunny and -18C for yesterday’s total eclipse of the sun around Svalbard, but for a while real photos and videos of the rare equinox eclipse were swamped by garbage posted on social media.

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