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Articles by Ben Sandilands

MH370 computer hack risk underlined by Polish airlines attack

Concerns that crucial computer programs were hacked or interfered with onboard lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been given tacit acceptance by authorities and searchers for almost as long as the Boeing 777-200ER  has been missing.  The news about an apparent hack attack on LOT Polish airlines, and earlier, on United Airlines, can only add [...]

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Qantas moves to silence book called Fighting Words

It’s reasonable to say there wouldn’t be a ‘real’ reporter who doesn’t want to read Fighting Words a new book by Lucinda Holdforth the long-time speechwriter for the airline’s chief executive, Alan Joyce.

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Gizmodo reminds us of faded glory of Soviet space program

This is an unsolicited plug for Gizmodo and its superb contributions to tech journalism across just about everything from see-through trucks (for safe passing) to space programs.

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More rubbish stories about MH370 leave key issues untouched

The embarrassing demolition of The Australian’s year old repetition of alleged sightings of MH370 in the Maldives, and after it had most likely crashed, on the ABC’s Media Watch last night leaves larger concerns about the flight hanging in the air.

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Virgin Australia Y+ upgrade a sign of more Pacific flight changes

Virgin Australia has announced its new premium economy cabin for its 777-300ERs, which will form part of its responses to the new Qantas-American Airlines route initiatives between Australia and the US. The cabin becomes smaller, but the seats more widely spaced.

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Is this the most important if least visual of Paris 2015 flying displays?

As the Paris Air Show 2015 ends Airbus has flown its all electric E-Fan two seater for the 100th time, and in coming decades, this may prove the least photogenic yet most important aircraft to be shown at this salon in relation to the future of flight.

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Venus and Jupiter putting on dazzling evening show

In the sky Even in the cities, Venus and Jupiter are coming together as two notably bright planets in the early night skies. By the end of this month they will come so visually close to each other they could both be covered by a five cent coin held at arms length.

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MH370 and the Maldivian sightings mystery

Dear MH370 watchers, We have a Maldivian renunciation of sightings of the missing jet courtesy of a climb down in today’s The Australian.

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Never mind who really bought what at Paris, here’s the video winner

Boeing has followed up its stunning 787-9 pre-Paris  flying display video with a new YouTube Choose Your View sequel where viewers can switch between air to air, inside cockpit and view from inside looking out perspectives using constantly updating channels.

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Boeing gets hosed by big Wizz MoU for up to 200 Airbus A321s

Yes it’s a crude headline, but to be blunt, Boeing will be forced to get its head around changed demands for single aisle jets after losing a last minute decision at the Paris Air Show by European LCC Wizz to acquire as many as 200 Airbus A321 NEOs configured for 236 seats.

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‘Propstar’ confirmed: Five Jetstar Q300s for NZ regional flights

It’s official. As reported earlier, Jetstar is launching a turbo-prop operation in New Zealand to take on routes where the Air NZ presence is either vulnerable or overpriced.

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Lunatic alert, NASA spots giant pyramid like form on Ceres

The NASA space probe Dawn has imaged a gigantic pyramid like feature rising perhaps as much as 4-8 kilometres above the surface of minor planet Ceres.  And no, it’s not an alien civilisation, but a lunatic magnet.

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Coming to NZ, and maybe Tasmania ….. Propstar!

Let’s savor the prospect of what Jetstar is said to be about to do in New Zealand, and thus speculate on its doing the same thing in places like Tasmania.  Get ready for ….. Propstar!

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Garuda’s fleet ambitions made clearer in Paris

Not much that has happened at the Paris Air Show is directly relevant to the Australian market, but Indonesia flag carrier Garuda is the exception.

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Boeing keeping Mum about MoM

Despite the stories coming out of the Paris Air Show about the Boeing MoM or Middle of Market airliner, the situation concerning a slightly larger and longer flying replacement for its 757 line is one of total uncertainty.

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Hold the phone, comet lander Philae may have been spotted

By coincidence, Philae the missing comet lander, may have been located, just as its first messages in seven months have been heard at mission control at the European Space Agency.

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Comet lander phones home, but from where exactly?

Somewhere in a shady corner of this chaotic landscape on comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko,  the tiny lander  Philae, has received enough sunlight to send signals to earth, breaking seven months of silence.

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SpaceX, Tesla, and the death of the NBN and Big Coal

Opinion In some quarters, including the top levels of the Australian government and its opposition, the activities of American space and electric car entrepreneur Elon Musk would be seen as a deadly threat to the NBN and Big Coal.

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