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War zone flights meeting puts safety onus back on airlines

Carriers like Malaysia Airlines, or Lufthansa, or KLM, that think they can fly where someone else tells them it is safe to do so have been rebuffed on the sidelines of a industry crisis meeting in Canada called to consider the MH17 shoot down.

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Malaysia Airlines kept apart from Tiger at Adelaide Airport

An incident involving Malaysia Airlines and Tigerair Australia at Adelaide Airport yesterday underlines the importance of a vigilant tower when an airline, in this case a local low cost carrier, stuffs up.

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Black box reports ‘confirm’ missile strike on MH17

Updated  It has taken a day longer than most observers expected for reports as to what was learned from MH17′s ‘black box’ flight recorders to leak out, and it is no surprise that they are claimed to confirm that Malaysia Airlines 777 and the 298 people on board were brought down by a missile warhead [...]

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Qantas to fly where Emirates fears to go, but for how long?

It isn’t clear for how long Emirates and Qantas will be saying different things about the missile risk over Iraq, but for the time being Qantas is going to fly where its business partner fears to go, right across territory contested by the ISIS insurgency.

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MH17 Admissions of safety failure by Malaysia Airlines?

Malaysia Airlines’ airline’s commercial director, Hugh Dunleavy, is reported to have made a series of comments about the MH17 shoot down which might cause dismay among industry observers.

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MH370 Does this video hold the key to the mystery?

The silence from Boeing and safety regulators about a troubling security hole in Boeing 777s is of concern. It existed on the 777 that mysteriously disappeared while operating Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 with 239 people on board between Kuala Lumpur and Beijing on 8 March.

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Israel flights grounded after rocket attack on key airport

Unlike the situation in Ukraine, it has only taken one rocket which landed near Israel’s gateway Ben Gurion Airport at Tel Aviv  to shut down foreign carrier flights to and from Israel.

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MH17 Rebuild confidence pledge may be poorly timed

At a time when the media is full of confronting images from the MH17 disaster scene in east Ukraine, Malaysia Airlines has today issued statements that could reflect very poorly on the competency and judgement of its management.

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MH17 UN resolution is some comfort for bereaved, none for regulators

The fields of horror in eastern Ukraine where MH17 fell to earth will now give up their secrets to an impartial investigation, and those who lost their loved ones may receive their mortal remains.

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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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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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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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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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Intimidation motion concerning Pel-Air raised in Senate

The independent Senator for  South Australia Nick Xenophon has served notice of a rare but very serious motion concerning the possible intimidation of a witness to a recent inquiry into the processes involved in the ATSB producing its much criticised final report into the 2009 Pel-Air crash.

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ATSB cautious optimism on MH370 is a media stunt

Australia continues to be made to look ordinary by grand standing by a discredited ATSB’s handling of an aviation mystery much closer to home than the search for MH370

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Qantas engineering job losses and the bigger picture

These are tough times to be an engineer in any airline as technological change that motorists already take for granted come to fleets where older aircraft are being overtaken by new, less maintenance hungry designs.

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