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Articles by Ben Sandilands

MH17 Documents show airlines using Ukraine routes were warned

Although they have already been widely circulated on technical and closed user forums there are documents that show that airlines that continued to use Ukraine airspace for overflights until the MH17 atrocity caused their closure were given specific and unambiguous warnings which they chose to ignore or discount.

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MH17: Why Malaysia Airlines must be confident about Syria safety

This isn’t new, as a practice, but Flightradar24 shows the extent of Malaysia Airlines’ confidence in the aviation friendly nature of the Syrian conflict.

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On this day, 45 years ago, we walked on the moon

On the other side of the dateline, it was on this day 45 years ago that our species first stepped onto the moon. It’s a memory that makes a break from the madness and anger of today’s news.

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MH17 Ukraine made serious money from airline overflights

The exact sums have not been publicly established, but Ukraine had tens if not hundreds of millions of dollars at stake from flights that used its air space to save time and fuel and other operating costs while flying between Asia and Europe.

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MH17 More Malaysia finger pointing at ICAO re flight path

Malaysia’s transport Minister, Liow Tiong Lai, has again blamed Eurocontrol and ICAO for flight MH17 being flown over the heart of a disputed zone in eastern Ukraine where it was shot down by a surface to air missile last Thursday, 17 July.

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MH17 Who sent it over the middle of the worst hostilities?

Why did Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 fly much further north than usual, to the area where it was shot down, than it had during the previous six days?

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MH17 Malaysia’s transport minister ducks obvious questions

In his first major media conference since the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 the new transport minister Liow Tiong Lai avoided answering persistent queries as to the airline’s decision to use the flight corridor that crossed  a war zone in eastern Ukraine.

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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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