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Nothing can excuse the Albury Virgin ATR safety fiasco, not even this recycled piece of ATSB fluff

Nothing can excuse the Albury Virgin ATR safety fiasco, not even this recycled piece of ATSB fluff

Ben SandilandsApr 13, 201631 Comments

Why has the ATSB hushed up a disturbing failure of safety oversight involving a Virgin Australia turbo-prop?

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

Fourth potential MH370 wing part found even earlier in Mozambique

Fourth potential MH370 wing part found even earlier in Mozambique

Ben SandilandsMar 11, 20167 Comments

Blaine Gibson's discovery of a potential MH370 fragment in Mozambique last week may have been usurped by an earlier find in December in the same country by a South African youth on

MH370 parts contest? Australia 1, Malaysia 0, game still on

MH370 parts contest? Australia 1, Malaysia 0, game still on

Ben SandilandsMar 9, 20169 Comments

Following contradictory claims by their ministers responsible for aviation, Australia appears to have taken charge of the physical investigation from Malaysia of the possible fragme

Seat squeeze struggle might get somewhere if safety is the focus

Seat squeeze struggle might get somewhere if safety is the focus

Ben SandilandsMar 9, 201613 Comments

The policy of airlines opting to physically hurt their passengers with tighter, tinier seats to improve accounting metrics isn't meeting any regulatory resistance, but what if the safet

Passenger video gives inside view of ATC screw up at Melbourne Airport

Passenger video gives inside view of ATC screw up at Melbourne Airport

Ben SandilandsFeb 7, 201620 Comments

*Updated with YouTube link ABC News, and possibly the commercial networks, will tonight air an inflight

News goes ga-ga over year old MH370 news

Ben SandilandsJan 31, 20168 Comments

The News organisation definition of 'exclusive' when it comes to MH370 appears to be reporting news that is more than a year old.

Vanuatu to lose its last Aussie jet as Virgin leaves

Vanuatu to lose its last Aussie jet as Virgin leaves

Ben SandilandsJan 28, 201611 Comments

The failed state of Vanuatu's shoddy runway at the Bauerfield, Port Vila airport has finally become evident to Virgin Australia, which like Qantas and its main shareholder, Air New

Traffic chopper, Qantas, Virgin 737s get too close over Melbourne

Traffic chopper, Qantas, Virgin 737s get too close over Melbourne

Ben SandilandsJan 27, 20163 Comments

Updated* Australia Day could have started (and ended) badly for two passenger jets with more than 300 seats and a traffic chopper near Melbourne airport on Tuesday.

ATSB closes in on controversial 2013 fog emergency at Mildura

ATSB closes in on controversial 2013 fog emergency at Mildura

Ben SandilandsJan 24, 20167 Comments

It's almost three Australian winters since a Virgin Australia 737 with 91 people on board made an emergency landing at Mildura on a fog bound runway the pilots had difficulty seeing

Good story about MH370 gets a bit hysterical

Good story about MH370 gets a bit hysterical

Ben SandilandsJan 11, 201629 Comments

The Australian today has become

Hoverboard burns down house near airport

Hoverboard burns down house near airport

Ben SandilandsJan 5, 201621 Comments

The most important thing to note about this morning's Melbourne hoverboard fire

Malaysia Airlines didn't fly wrong way for 8 minutes out of Auckland

Malaysia Airlines didn't fly wrong way for 8 minutes out of Auckland

Ben SandilandsDec 29, 201511 Comments

For an example of hysterics in the click bait media, the persistent reports that a Malaysia Airlines jet flew in the opposite direction to that intended for a full eight minutes on

Fairfax attacks Jetstar for no free upgrade for reporter yet ignores critical safety story

Fairfax attacks Jetstar for no free upgrade for reporter yet ignores critical safety story

Ben SandilandsDec 29, 201526 Comments

The decline in editorial values in Fairfax is written large in

ATSB rates Jetstar Darwin diversion as 'serious'

ATSB rates Jetstar Darwin diversion as 'serious'

Ben SandilandsDec 23, 20158 Comments

That puzzling diversion of a Jetstar 787-8 on its way from Melbourne to Singapore to Darwin on Monday 21 December has been rated as a 'serious' incident by the ATSB, which the safet

New details about MH370 search come to light

New details about MH370 search come to light

Ben SandilandsDec 17, 201517 Comments

New insights into the search for missing flight MH370, and what happens the moment the jet is found, were explained at a briefing for members of the Surveying and Spatial Sciences I

Qatar Airways incidents send it screeching into PR, safety crises

Qatar Airways incidents send it screeching into PR, safety crises

Ben SandilandsDec 12, 201526 Comments

It is astonishingly how quickly Qatar Airways has been plunged into a PR nightmare over two serious incidents involving a Boeing 777-300ER and an Airbus A350-900. The

Qatar issues alarming report about Qatar Airways flight

Qatar issues alarming report about Qatar Airways flight

Ben SandilandsDec 8, 201522 Comments

The just released factual interim Qatari report about a serious incident involvi