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Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands has reported and analysed the mechanical mobility of humanity since late 1960 - the end of the age of great scheduled ocean liners and coastal steamers and the start of the jet age. He’s worked in newspapers, radio and TV in a wide range of roles as a journalist at home and abroad for 56 years, the last 18 freelance.

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Hold the jokes, sense spoken briefly about high speed rail today

Hold the jokes, sense spoken briefly about high speed rail today

Ben SandilandsApr 11, 201677 Comments

The longest election campaign in Australian history meets the fastest trains it might never get, yet again

Why SpaceX nailing a rocket barge landing should worry the NBN

Why SpaceX nailing a rocket barge landing should worry the NBN

Ben SandilandsApr 9, 201627 Comments

SpaceX plans a global satellite based disruption of broadband networks and reusing launch rockets is part of its strategy.

Air NZ, Qantas insist on safety measures at Port Vila before their flights resume

Ben SandilandsApr 8, 20167 Comments

Behind the words, the Vanuatu airport crisis is essentially about ensuring money for infrastructure gets spent on the project, and nothing else

Mars Rover Opportunity catches a dust devil at work

Mars Rover Opportunity catches a dust devil at work

Ben SandilandsApr 8, 20162 Comments

Steep climbing Mars Rover Opportunity glimpses twister raging across red planet crater floor

Twitterverse finds more MH370 interior shots

Twitterverse finds more MH370 interior shots

Ben SandilandsApr 7, 20166 Comments

Social media sleuth finds more barnacle encrusted photos of MH370 wreckage

Why Singapore Airlines+Lufthansa equals Changi versus Dubai

Why Singapore Airlines+Lufthansa equals Changi versus Dubai

Ben SandilandsApr 6, 201616 Comments

A top Asian and European carrier combine to cut out or bypass the Middle East hubs

Qantas had an epic A380 diversion last night

Qantas had an epic A380 diversion last night

Ben SandilandsApr 5, 201677 Comments

There has been persistent silence from Qantas overnight on the reasons for an epic diversion of QF9, an A380 flight that took off from Melbourne for a non-stop flight to Dubai but t

Social media sleuth finds cabin fit for latest MH370 find on Rodrigues Island

Social media sleuth finds cabin fit for latest MH370 find on Rodrigues Island

Ben SandilandsApr 4, 20162 Comments

A social media sleuth on twitter named Annette@aussie500 appears to have found where the piece of MH370 found on Rodrigues Island, Mauritius, on 30 March, fits into a bulkhead at th

New analysis offers reasons why MH370 fragments are found encrusted with more or less marine life

New analysis offers reasons why MH370 fragments are found encrusted with more or less marine life

Ben SandilandsApr 3, 20168 Comments

Independent Group scientists studying the loss of MH370 have proposed reasons why some fragments of the missing jet are encrusted with obvious barnacles while others appear relatively c

Looks like the first internal fragment of MH370 has been found on Mauritius

Looks like the first internal fragment of MH370 has been found on Mauritius

Ben SandilandsApr 2, 20162 Comments

Something that looks very much like an internal part of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 has been found on a beach in Mauritius. The brief report of the discover

Mixing cattle choppers and big jets on the same radio frequency headed to court

Ben SandilandsApr 2, 201612 Comments

However last week Smith, aviator, adventurer, businessman and philanthropist, had law firm Mark O’Brien, serve notice on Mark Skidmore, director of safety, CASA, of his intention

Qantas solves A380 training problems with Canberra tag flights

Qantas solves A380 training problems with Canberra tag flights

Ben SandilandsApr 1, 20167 Comments

There is excitement in the air near Canberra this morning as Qantas substitutes some of its turbo-prop flights between the national capital and Sydney and Melbourne with A380 tag fl

Major effort mounted to restore MH370 search's sharpest eye

Major effort mounted to restore MH370 search's sharpest eye

Ben SandilandsMar 30, 201611 Comments

Last week's abrupt loss of the sharpest and deepest diving sonar scanner being used in the sea floor search for MH370 has spurred the start of a major recovery operation.

Air NZ wants out of Virgin Australia: VAH in trading halt

Air NZ wants out of Virgin Australia: VAH in trading halt

Ben SandilandsMar 30, 201610 Comments

Air New Zealand's unhappiness with Virgin Australia has caused today's

Curiosity climbs higher up Martian mountain

Curiosity climbs higher up Martian mountain

Ben SandilandsMar 30, 20164 Comments

It could take years before it reaches the summit of Mt Sharp in the Gale Crater on Mars, but today's image of its long term goal taken by the

Will Cathay Pacific pack its new A350s as tightly as its 777s?

Will Cathay Pacific pack its new A350s as tightly as its 777s?

Ben SandilandsMar 27, 201641 Comments

Cathay Pacific isn't far behind Singapore Airlines in implementing an A350 fleet strategy, but some key questions as to where each carrier will go with the new medium sized Airbus w

Branson's quest for relevance goes 'Boom' at mach 2.2

Branson's quest for relevance goes 'Boom' at mach 2.2

Ben SandilandsMar 26, 201611 Comments

The PR fairly floss that is currently touting a mini-supersonic airliner with the ironically eponymous name 'Boom' supported by Richard Branson ought to trigger bullshit alarms all

It's official: Mozambique parts likely from MH370

Ben SandilandsMar 24, 201632 Comments

The ATSB statement on its examination of the Mozambique fragments makes it evident there are now four confirmed or highly likely pieces of debris that have been recovered from MH370.