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Articles by Ben Sandilands

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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Super efficient regional jet quest reinvents Comet IV

An Arizona State University design study for a super efficient small jet has come up with a proposed airliner with remarkable similarities to the de Havilland Comet IV family.

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MH370 row over search for missing 777 deepens

For close students of the MH370 search controversy, there is another, third, attack on the ATSB managed search for the missing 777 in The Australian today by former fighter pilot Byron Bailey, and it variously repeats or adds to a set of errors on his part.

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Scoot to interline on Virgin’s Melbourne-Tasmania flights

In what might be called the airline equivalent of a relationship rather than a marriage the low cost carrier Scoot has struck an interline agreement both ways between Melbourne and Hobart and Launceston on full service Virgin Australia flights.

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60 years ago Sydney opened its worst transport mistake

It is 60 years since Sydney’s Circular Quay rail station opened, driving the final nail into the coffin of its original 2nd harbour rail crossing.

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NZ report gives more details of SingaporeAir plan for Canberra

Updated:  The official announcement this morning puts the start of service as September and the airliner type a Boeing 777-200.

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Australia’s MH370 search attacks critics over untruthful claims

There may be many things that justify calling out the ATSB, but for the most part the search for MH370 isn’t one of them, and today it hit back at recent criticism in The Australian over the most basic factual misrepresentations of its role, responsibilities, and the narrative it has updated at regular intervals. 

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MH370 beach hoax claim vanishes like the jet

Earlier today there was excitement, in some quarters, at the finding of a part of MH370 on a beach in Sarawak slightly SE of the last ATC transponder visible position of the Malaysia Airlines jet over the Gulf of Thailand nearly two years ago.

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Will true darkness fall on Qantas 787 Dreamliner passengers?

One of the best features of the 787 is going dark, or darker. Runway Girl Network has reported that a version of the Dreamliner’s dimmable windows that is 100 times darker is in the works.

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Emirates A380s continue to eat the Australian market

The aircraft that sweeps up the most profitable passengers, the A380, will go double daily for Emirates between Perth and Dubai from 1 August.

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MH370 search finds another shipwreck

A terrible thought arises from the latest MH370 search update, which has discovered a second shipwreck on the floor of the southern Indian Ocean five to six days sailing time SW of Fremantle.

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SingaporeAir could start Canberra contest with its flights

A shout out to Joe Aston on the Australian Financial Review for saying Singapore Airlines is about to announce flights to Wellington via Canberra.

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Would you pay $2550 month for unlimited Sydney-Melbourne flights?

The ‘disruptive’ potential of subscription ‘all you can fly’ airline operations in Australia is very high, despite the barriers to success. Airly, a proposed new Sydney-Melbourne service reported by Fairfax  today, comes with some very strong pros and cons.

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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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A very different Dreamliner completes epic vintage flight from UK to Sydney

If you were in your jet on a Sydney taxiway today you might have seen this tiny 1942 Boeing Stearman (above) complete its epic trip from the UK, emulating British aviatrix Amy Johnson’s flight to Australia in 1930.

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MH370 and “the captain did it” revisited

There is a very good, but not necessarily completely or maybe even partially correct rehashing of the view that MH370 was hijacked by its captain in The Australian today.

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Boeing’s new NASA space pilots try out Starliner simulator

Aerospace isn’t just Boeing versus Airbus, but versus SpaceX as the new order in privately owned manned orbital supply rockets moves closer to taking over the risks and rewards of servicing space outposts like the International Space Station (ISS).

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Tigerair teams up with Flight Centre to hunt better in the jungle

There is a ‘back story’ to the otherwise ho hum announcement that Tigerair and Flight Centre have teamed up in a three years strategic alliance.

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