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Articles by Ben Sandilands

MH17 How could airlines, ATC be so ignorant and negligent?

Commentary  The truth about the destruction of MH17 has come out far faster than the baffling and totally unrelated mystery of the disappearance of MH370 on 8 March.

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MH17: Three jets crossed that war zone, one didn’t make it

It could have been a Singapore Airlines A380, or one of its Boeing 772s, that took the missile over eastern Ukraine, in a place no jet airliner should ever, under any circumstances, have been flown.

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MH17: Malaysia 777 was deliberately tracked and destroyed

Intelligence reports in the US and UK are unequivocal as to the cause of the destruction of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the eastern Ukraine yesterday (Thursday) afternoon local time killing all 295 people on board. A heavy vehicle mounted surface to air missile system locked onto the Boeing 777-200ER, tracked it, and then launched [...]

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MH17: Malaysia Airlines 777 ‘shot down’ over Ukraine 295 dead

Confirmed 27 Australians among dead The blame game over the killing of all 295 people on board a Malaysia Airlines 777 flying as MH17 over the eastern Ukraine by an apparent missile strike around 11.15 pm eastern Australian time is in full swing despite key facts not yet being established.

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Airbus says stop Emirates says go on new engined A380s

There is a hint of tension in the air between Airbus and global giant Emirates as to the timing, if not the fate, of any plans to equip the biggest passenger jet, the A380, with the latest engine technology as being applied to lesser sized Airbuses and Boeings in the A330NEO, A350, 777-X and 787 [...]

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Skytrax airline awards go unqueried by the media

Is it the role of the media to just churn out topped and tailed press releases, as it has with the latest round of Skytrax airline awards, or should it actually resort to journalism, and ask questions and raise issues?

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AirAsia X will fly Airbus A330 NEOs all over Australia

No-one in the airline game would be surprised by AirAsia X being the first carrier to commit to the A330 NEO.

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Qantas Sale Act reform deal is almost useless

Commentary Much of the language on talk back radio and live TV about the overnight Qantas Sale Act reform deal between the Coalition and Labor shows how poorly the issues are understood at a political and public level.

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MH370 Suspicions of systems tampering strengthened by study

Those who think that something relevant to the loss of flight MH370 occurred in the unsecured electronics and electrical bay of the Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER located behind and below its cockpit will find support for their suspicions in the latest independent review of publicly released data.

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Boeing’s 200 seat 737-8 gives new meaning to MAX

When Boeing called its new engine technology version of the 737 family the MAX series they weren’t kidding.

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Qantas says half sale of Jetstar Asia report is speculation

Is the Indonesian interest in Qantas controlled Jetstar Asia reported by Reuters a further sign of distress in the Qantas low cost franchise?

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The large and small of the Airbus A330 NEOs unveiled at Farnborough

While it is more than three years before the finally confirmed and announced A330 NEOs start being delivered, their influence on the market for wide body twin jets will be immediate.

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An Australian senator’s defence of ‘colour blind’ pilots

Senator David Fawcett takes a stand against unfair bureaucratic pursuit of not so ‘colour blind’ pilots by a dubious and discredited CASA bureaucracy

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Airbus says factory wages lower in US than China

If it costs less to make airliners in America than Asia, a lot of things are going to change for Airbus and Boeing, and there are wider implications for the Australian economy.

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Venezuela Airport charges a ‘breathing tax’

A purified air tax at a South American airport! Calling Sydney Airport, All is forgiven.

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Airbus A330 NEOs fly high in sky full of rumours

So what’s left to announce at next week’s Farnborough Air Show

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SPOT powers up, sees your city, your childhood, from space

Raw satellite images can cause raw emotions. Explore them and you can find your past, as well as ponder your future, and that of our species.

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Emirates will fly 90 A380s by late 2017

The delivery of Emirates’ A380 number 50 is not the story for the airline industry.  The story is its disclosing that it will have a further 40 of them in service in little more than three years

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