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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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Emirates posts record profits while making less in Australia

Emirates posts record profits while making less in Australia

Ben SandilandsMay 10, 201618 Comments

Emirates' record profits may also explain why its Middle East rivals have their own big ambitions for the Australian-World market

European Space Agency over-hypes a flying car

European Space Agency over-hypes a flying car

Ben SandilandsMay 9, 201610 Comments

The internet is cluttered with all manner of fantasy claims, but it is startling to see a major space agency like ESA lend its name to an electric flying car being ready by 2018

James Hogan heads giant new Etihad airline Group

James Hogan heads giant new Etihad airline Group

Ben SandilandsMay 9, 2016

The sovereign owners of Abu Dhabi based Etihad Airways have consolidated control of their global airline investments in a new entity lead by James Hogan

Could flying boats make a supersized comeback?

Could flying boats make a supersized comeback?

Ben SandilandsMay 6, 201617 Comments

If you think an A380 is big, consider a proposal by boffins for a 2000 passenger rebirthing of the age of the flying boat.

Aviation's grass roots dig in at Tamworth today

Aviation's grass roots dig in at Tamworth today

Ben SandilandsMay 6, 20169 Comments

These are desperate people, crushed by excessive regulatory and compliance costs that seem unique to Australia and devised by a bureaucracy that the industry argues keeps inventing news ways to drive them broke faster.

Virgin Australia hard landing highlights issue facing all airlines

Virgin Australia hard landing highlights issue facing all airlines

Ben SandilandsMay 5, 20168 Comments

Undetected damage, in this case to a Virgin flight landing on a stormy night in Samoa, is a challenge airlines haven't yet overcome

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, 20162 Comments

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, 201659 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, 20167 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, 20163 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 deliveries 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, 201617 Comments

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