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Articles by Ben Sandilands

MH370 Possible signal picked up by P-3 Orion near Ocean Shield

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre says a possible ‘ping’ signal from missing flight MH370′s flight recorders has been detected by an Australian P-3 Orion near the ADV Ocean Shield.

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MH370 HMS Echo heads for Ocean Shield search zone

At the risk of reading too much into some shipping ‘news’ and tracking info, the hydrographic survey ship HMS Echo appears to moving toward the zone where Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield is looking for missing flight MH370.

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MH370 More signals, new analysis, bring search closer to jet

Two more pinger signals now considered highly likely to be from the flight recorders on lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been detected by Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield from the Indian Ocean sea floor off the WA coast.

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MH370 The depths of despair in a diagram

The Washington Post has published a disconcerting graphic which shows just how challenging the identification and recovery task is for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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Japan’s first A380 takes off for an unusually roomy future

At a time when the future of the A380 looks set to become more crowded because of high density formats, the first such giant Airbus ordered by a Japan flag carrier has taken off on its way to a future flying for a much roomier business model.

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Tigerair offers Infrequent Flyers club marketing deal

In what could be less than funny to some members of existing frequent flyer programs, Tigerair has launched an Infrequent Flyers Club.

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MH370 Suspected black box signals showed signs of ‘fading’

It may be too soon to declare that the black box ‘pingers’ in the wreckage of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have fallen silent but they may well be ‘fading.’

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MH370 More success in search for missing jet expected shortly?

Update: Latest word is that there hasn’t been any major new development in the search for MH370, so maybe ‘major’ refers to a PR photo opportunity. We’ll soon know There is a major announcement scheduled to be made at RAAF base Pearce near Perth at 11 am local time or 1 pm in eastern Australia [...]

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MH370 The ‘voices’ of lost flight heard calling from the depths

The ‘voices’ of lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have almost certainly been heard calling from the depths of the wild Indian Ocean some 1680 kms NW from Perth.

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MH370 Today’s critical search map, and vital question

Today’s MH370 search map from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority shows the critical change of emphasis that has taken shape since multiple ‘fleeting acoustic events’ have been heard at the frequency of signals that would be emitted by the black box recorders on board the lost Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER.

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Video: Super Constellation V crosswind at Albion Park

Every now and then the Illawarra Regional Airport sees a flight by one of its treasures, a fully restored Lockheed Super Constellation like those that took Q.A.N.T.A.S  to international fame even before the jet age.

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MH370 Australian vessel also hears ‘acoustic event’

While the language remains cautious, a third ‘acoustic event’ heard early this afternoon 6 April by Australian’s supply vessel Ocean Shield is causing optimism that the wreckage and flight recorders of the lost Malaysia Airlines 777 flight MH370 are indeed in the general areas currently being searched off the Western Australian Coast. 

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MH370 China going its own way, and getting results?

Standing in front of RAAF Pearce, ABC News reporter Philippa McDonald has just put into words something that has occurred to some other watchers of the MH370 search. Ms McDonald made the case, in laying out the facts as they are known, that China has been following its own intelligence concerning the death of a [...]

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MH370 Northern search focus detects possible pulse

Caution urged over possible breakthrough The sharp northwards shift in emphasis in the search for missing Malayasia Airlines flight MH370 in recent days may have paid off with a Chinese vessel picking up a signal at the same frequency as that of the ‘pinger’ attached to the black box flight recorders that were carried by [...]

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Jetstar incident near Gold Coast important yet not a ‘drama’

Keep on eye on the ATSB’s latest Jetstar inquiry involving  an incorrect air pressure value being entered into a flight computer on approach to the Gold Coast airport. It could get tabloid headlines in the media, or it could get totally ignored.

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