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BEN SANDILANDS | April 19, 2014 | CABINS | 10 |

Is this the end for comfort in A380s, and other ‘roomy’ all new jets?

Transaero's new A380, the biggest load yet: Supplied image

Like Boeing with the 787, Airbus has made heroic efforts to sell its A380s and now the A350s with new standards of passenger space and amenity.

But it’s all over isn’t it?

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 18, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 7 |

MH370 Definitely headed to a deeper new search?

AMSA map of the areas searched up until this morning 18 April

Reading between the lines, and in the absence of a discovery of debris floating on the sea surface, or at rest deep under it, the search for missing flight MH370 seems likely to be changed in the near future.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 18, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 4 |

Virgin Australia’s leg breaker ATR now ATSB tail breaker

A Commons photo of a Virgin Australia ATR72

There are some peculiar matters to note about the misfortunes of a 68 passenger Virgin Australia region ATR72 turbo-prop in February.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 17, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 2 |

MH370 Initial sea floor search will be faster than previously reported

The surface and seafloor search areas for today: AMSA

In its latest update the Australian coordinated sea floor search for missing flight MH370 says that the initial search area may be mapped relatively quickly.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 17, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 97 |

Badgerys Creek: How it can make huge sums for airlines

Qatar Airways A380. The airline refused to fly to Sydney because of the curfew

The Coalition government’s description of Badgerys Creek beginning as a modest western Sydney airport may be rapidly overtaken by the much more lucrative ambitions of the airlines that want to use it.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 16, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 38 |

Badgerys Creek roads to cost more than stage 1 of 2nd Sydney Airport

Somewhat overshadowed by the resignation of NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell this morning Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced $2.9 billion in new road works over eight years to improve access to the $2.5 billion estimated cost of the first stage of a second Sydney Airport at the Commonwealth owned Badgerys Creek site.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 16, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 6 |

Hawaiian proposed safety penalty sets example for Australia

Hawaiian Airlines 767-300, nice livery but is it safety compliant? Commons photo

America’s FAA- its safety regulator and equivalent of Australia’s CASA- has proposed a fine of $US 547,500 be paid by Hawaiian Airlines for among other things ignoring advice that one of its 767-300s did not comply with an airworthiness directive by flying it a further 14 times after its record keeping error was discovered.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 15, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 32 |

Badgerys Creek: A modest start and no forced flight transfers

Rail flyover to Badgerys Creek? Work on the SW Rail Link, Transport NSW photo

Sydney’s second airport at Badgerys Creek will start out as a single runway facility with a modest terminal, but no curfew, and no forced tranfers of flights there from existing services to the main Kingsford Smith airport.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 15, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 6 |

MH370 Robot submersible dives too deep, comes back early

Bluefin-21 in operation: Bluefin Robotics photo

In what is believed to have been a safe but aborted first mission, the Bluefin-21 submersible exceeded its 4500 metre depth limit and returned back to its support ship Ocean Shield early.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 15, 2014 | MANAGEMENT PERFORMANCE | 10 |

Australia seeks to sell Emirates what Qantas gave it for free!

Emirates president Tim Clark (shades) and Qantas group CEO Alan Joyce shake on the deal

Someone needs to remind Andrew Robb, the Australian Minister for Trade and Investment, that Qantas gave Emirates everything it could possibly want for free, before he tries to sell part of it in talks in Dubai later this week.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 15, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 24 |

Badgerys Creek to be named 2nd Sydney Airport today (again)

A map relating Badgerys Creek to the current airport and a few other distractions

In a universal exclusive the papers are announcing that Cabinet will today agree that Badgerys Creek will be the site of a 2nd Sydney Airport.

This time they may be right.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 14, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 21 |

MH370 Autonomous submersible to dive ASAP on best guess site

Bluefin-21 launch drill: Supplied photo

After six days with no fresh suspected signals from missing flight MH370′s black boxes the autonomous submersible Bluefin-21 is being dived as soon as possible from Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield  onto a tightly calculated 40 square kms section of the Indian Ocean sea floor.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 13, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 31 |

Melbourne Airport railroaded in Victorian election spiel

Melbourne's easy challenge: Doing better than Sydney Trains: Commons photo

The electorally timely announcement by the Premier of Victoria, Dr Denis Napthine, that a Melbourne Airport-City rail link will be built is taking a hammering in the media as a vote grabbing stunt.

But does it have merit?

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 12, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 28 |

MH370 The official messages are now in-synch, expect nothing soon

MH370 will be found. Maybe next week, maybe next year. But it will be found, and its terrible secrets will be given up, and the grieving families and friends of those on board, will have the closure that comes when supposition is replaced with truth.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 12, 2014 | CORPORATE AIRCRAFT | 15 |

Gulfstream G650, the answer to Bob Carr’s first class dreams?

A PR photo of a Gulfstream G650

Overlooked in the events of the past month, the potent answer to former Foreign Minister Bob Carr’s laments about the ‘slavery’ of being forced to fly business class paid a remarkable visit to Melbourne early in March.

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