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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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Boeing's MAX goes high as well as far as test fleet has dream run

Boeing's MAX goes high as well as far as test fleet has dream run

Ben SandilandsMay 3, 20161 Comment

Boeing's much needed cash cow, a high tech remake of the 737 family, seems on track for early deliveries

Cobham jet caught fire after company failed to properly repair an engine

Cobham jet caught fire after company failed to properly repair an engine

Ben SandilandsMay 2, 201621 Comments

Which is worse? A jet on fire over a city because of an unapproved engine repair, or safety regulator CASA saying it won't act against the airline?

Virgin Australia to downsize domestic capacity by 5% this quarter

Virgin Australia to downsize domestic capacity by 5% this quarter

Ben SandilandsMay 2, 20165 Comments

With a profit result similar to a well run small suburban business, is it not time for Virgin Australia to radically change course?

A new micro moon is found in the Outer Darkness beyond Pluto

A new micro moon is found in the Outer Darkness beyond Pluto

Ben SandilandsMay 1, 2016

In the dark recesses of the outer Solar System, an almost invisible micro-moon has been found orbiting a bright-ish dwarf planet

China Eastern's A350 order poses dilemma for Qantas

China Eastern's A350 order poses dilemma for Qantas

Ben SandilandsApr 29, 20167 Comments

As things currently stand, China Eastern has just ordered a new type of Airbus that will make life difficult for its codeshare partner Qantas on Australia-China routes

Delta boosts chances of CSeries replacing 717s and F100s

Delta boosts chances of CSeries replacing 717s and F100s

Ben SandilandsApr 28, 20165 Comments

The X-factor in the little jet big Delta just ordered is lower fossil sourced carbon emissions designed to reap huge benefits from future carbon trading schemes

SCOOP New Qantas pilot uniforms revealed

SCOOP New Qantas pilot uniforms revealed

Ben SandilandsApr 28, 20162 Comments

Most aviation writers would rather review the best seats in a SAAB 340 than something as irrelevant to flying as airline fashions, but this social media 'scoop' suggests we are missing something

A Boeing that pointed to the future makes a last flight into history

A Boeing that pointed to the future makes a last flight into history

Ben SandilandsApr 27, 20161 Comment

Boeing curates for the future a beautiful tiny aeroplane that pointed the way to air travel as its known today

All set for Australia's finest family air show this weekend

All set for Australia's finest family air show this weekend

Ben SandilandsApr 27, 20161 Comment

The flying machines of the past were also loud, thrilling, and could turn on a threepenny bit, and you can see them come alive at Wings Over Illawarra this weekend

Airbus America delivers first airliner, what next?

Airbus America delivers first airliner, what next?

Ben SandilandsApr 26, 20162 Comments

Airbus is being quiet about its American manufacturing ambitions, but it can take advantage of US federal finance help for any export sales as it begins A320 delivers from Mobile, Alabama

Airbus calls for more innovations, offers help and money

Airbus calls for more innovations, offers help and money

Ben SandilandsApr 23, 20164 Comments

Since there has never been a better time for disruptive innovation in Australia, here's Airbus making a pitch for seriously good ideas

Tasmania gets cheated by 2nd rate Hobart runway extension

Tasmania gets cheated by 2nd rate Hobart runway extension

Ben SandilandsApr 22, 201616 Comments

There has never been a better time to shortchange Tasmania with a half arsed runway extension

MH370 search recovers its sharpest, deepest seeing eyes

MH370 search recovers its sharpest, deepest seeing eyes

Ben SandilandsApr 20, 20165 Comments

MH370 is still missing, but at least the search has been able to find and recover a lost piece of sonar scanning equipment

Garuda order brings Airbus A330 NEO into closer focus

Garuda order brings Airbus A330 NEO into closer focus

Ben SandilandsApr 20, 20161 Comment

Garuda is likely to become first to fly A330 NEOs to Australia, and if you are a normal sized adult, this is good news

Mozambique finds linked to MH370 by part number stencils

Ben SandilandsApr 19, 2016

The Australian managed search for MH370 is now examining what looks like part of its cabin as well as an engine cowl.

Qantas gets whacked by falling demand, but what about people unfriending flying?

Qantas gets whacked by falling demand, but what about people unfriending flying?

Ben SandilandsApr 18, 20168 Comments

Qantas has seen passenger numbers drop by 10-15 percent on some routes recently, but is this in part a revolt against the unpleasantness of airports and tight cabins?

UK drone incident underscores airliner risks, but they remain low

UK drone incident underscores airliner risks, but they remain low

Ben SandilandsApr 18, 20163 Comments

Can the idiot factor cause a small drone to kill a few hundred airline passengers?

NASA starts testing massive solar propeller concept

NASA starts testing massive solar propeller concept

Ben SandilandsApr 17, 20161 Comment

Space flight to the outer planets and stars could become both possible and fast if two new concepts can be made to work.