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Articles by Ben Sandilands

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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How Senator Nick Xenophon’s action might prevent a future air disaster

It’s not until one reads the angry statement of the Minister responsible for aviation, Warren Truss, in response to Nick Xenophon’s success in striking down some changes to Australian air safety rules earlier this week, that the full significance of his action becomes apparent. 

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The strangest of solar eclipses is only hours away

And now, for something completely different Later today, 20 March 2015, when the sun rises for the only time that it can this year at the North Pole, it will be briefly eclipsed by the moon, and a ‘super’ moon at that.

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Senate defeats attempt to dumb down air safety inspections

Earlier this week Senator Nick Xenophon successfully prevented an inexplicable and troubling attempt to downgrade the quality of air safety inspections of airliners in this country by licensed aircraft engineers.

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Is there a hidden agenda in US airline war against Arabs?

Something doesn’t add up in the hysterical push by American carriers to shut out Arab airlines. Could their appetite for buying into European, even Australian airlines, be the real reason for attacking them?

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Embraer shows off its next ‘no middle seats’ E2 cabin

When airlines seems intent on cramming us into tiny torture tubes Embraer stays true to its ‘no middle seats’ format

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Bombardier scores CSeries deal with new Malaysian airline

While not much is known at this stage about new Malaysia airline flymojo it signed a deal to buy 20 CSeries 100 jets at the LIMA Maritime and Aerospace Show in Langkawi today.

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Tiger tightens cabin carry on rules

The difference between the not so low fare airline experience and the full service options in Australian domestic airlines has been made more tangible by Tigerair today with new luggage rules.

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Qatar cuts through in the US anti-Arab airline row

While Emirates marshals its lawyers, it’s Middle East rival, Qatar Airways, has gone for the nitty gritty in its response to the increasingly shrill US campaign against the big three Gulf carriers.

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Emirates reserves its rights to sue over subsidy lies

To use a popular Australian term, Emirates is telling critics who insist it is subsidised to ‘put up or shut up’.

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Double blow to Bombardier CSeries

What looked like an interesting if chancy jet for regional services in Australia and nearby places is starting to look like a lost cause as more bad news piles pressure on the Bombardier CSeries project.

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AirAsia blames its dead for refund delays

Opinion As someone who admired and respected Tony Fernandes for what he achieved with the AirAsia, and the separate AirAsia X franchises, I am disgusted by claims by the latter that refunds to its displaced customers  have been adversely affected by the 162 people killed in the crash of a jet flown by the former. [...]

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REX turbo-prop confused coal loader for airport in Newcastle stuff up

The ATSB has dissected the confused performance of two REX pilots who set up their SAAB 340 turbo-prop to land on a coal loader they had mistaken for Newcastle Airport  in an incident in November 2012.

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Greens propose closing Sydney Airport while buying its rail link

If the Labor decision to cripple a second Sydney Airport with a curfew was a surprise move in the current NSW State election campaigns, consider the plan by the Greens to close the existing airport and abandon the second airport project.

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Labor kicks massive own goal over 2nd Sydney Airport

It didn’t take long this morning for the wings to fall off Labor’s efforts to score state election points with its support for the second Sydney Airport project at Badgerys Creek in the city’s far west.

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Virgin turbo-prop incident in Qld exposed safety breaches

Try as it does to downplay safety breaches, the ATSB report into a Virgin Australia Regional turbo-prop incident at Moranbah in Queensland in 2013 uncovered a culture of ignoring air safety laws that has gone unpunished.

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Airbus, Boeing adjust strategies for A380, 757 replacements

The big two jet makers Airbus and Boeing keep adjusting their course headings when it comes to an an A380 NEO or a replacement for the 757, make that, as of today, a super 757 that isn’t really a 757.

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