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BEN SANDILANDS | March 21, 2015 | BUREAUCRACY | 9 |

AirServices goes four pronged, destroys three holed paper

In a week when the ATSB account of how AirServices ‘lost awareness’ of a Virgin Australia 737 most of the way between Sydney and Brisbane should have received more attention, the organisation is engaged in paper warfare.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 21, 2015 | ASTRONOMY | 1 |

Despite social media fakes, the real eclipse shines through

The cover image for a Reuter's album of the 2015 Spring Equinox Eclipse

It was windless, sunny and -18C for yesterday’s total eclipse of the sun around Svalbard, but for a while real photos and videos of the rare equinox eclipse were swamped by garbage posted on social media.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 20, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 9 |

How Senator Nick Xenophon’s action might prevent a future air disaster

Warren Truss: Is the minister suffering from loss of situational awareness?

It’s not until one reads the angry statement of the Minister responsible for aviation, Warren Truss, in response to Nick Xenophon’s success in striking down some changes to Australian air safety rules earlier this week, that the full significance of his action becomes apparent. 

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 20, 2015 | ASTRONOMY | 7 |

The strangest of solar eclipses is only hours away

The uneclipsed sun over Svalbard earlier this week

And now, for something completely different

Later today, 20 March 2015, when the sun rises for the only time that it can this year at the North Pole, it will be briefly eclipsed by the moon, and a ‘super’ moon at that.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 19, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 6 |

Senate defeats attempt to dumb down air safety inspections

Senator Nick Xenophon, an independent hardliner on air safety regulation

Earlier this week Senator Nick Xenophon successfully prevented an inexplicable and troubling attempt to downgrade the quality of air safety inspections of airliners in this country by licensed aircraft engineers.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 19, 2015 | COMPETITION ISSUES | 24 |

Is there a hidden agenda in US airline war against Arabs?

Something doesn’t add up in the hysterical push by American carriers to shut out Arab airlines. Could their appetite for buying into European, even Australian airlines, be the real reason for attacking them?

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 18, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 5 |

Embraer shows off its next ‘no middle seats’ E2 cabin

When airlines seems intent on cramming us into tiny torture tubes Embraer stays true to its ‘no middle seats’ format

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 17, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 2 |

Bombardier scores CSeries deal with new Malaysian airline

The CSeries prototype after its first flight in 2013

While not much is known at this stage about new Malaysia airline flymojo it signed a deal to buy 20 CSeries 100 jets at the LIMA Maritime and Aerospace Show in Langkawi today.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 17, 2015 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 13 |

Tiger tightens cabin carry on rules

Whether Tiger's larger but paid carry-on limit will ease the squeeze is the question

The difference between the not so low fare airline experience and the full service options in Australian domestic airlines has been made more tangible by Tigerair today with new luggage rules.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 17, 2015 | COMPETITION ISSUES | 19 |

Qatar cuts through in the US anti-Arab airline row

Akbar al-Baker, Group CEO of Qatar Airways

While Emirates marshals its lawyers, it’s Middle East rival, Qatar Airways, has gone for the nitty gritty in its response to the increasingly shrill US campaign against the big three Gulf carriers.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 16, 2015 | COMPETITION ISSUES | 15 |

Emirates reserves its rights to sue over subsidy lies

Sir Tim Clark, the most important customer figure for Airbus and Boeing

To use a popular Australian term, Emirates is telling critics who insist it is subsidised to ‘put up or shut up’.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 15, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 8 |

Double blow to Bombardier CSeries

Symbolically distant. Onlookers watch the first CSeries jet fly in 2013

What looked like an interesting if chancy jet for regional services in Australia and nearby places is starting to look like a lost cause as more bad news piles pressure on the Bombardier CSeries project.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 13, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 10 |

AirAsia blames its dead for refund delays

Opinion

AirAsia group CEO Tony Fernandes at Sydney press conference this week

As someone who admired and respected Tony Fernandes for what he achieved with the AirAsia, and the separate AirAsia X franchises, I am disgusted by claims by the latter that refunds to its displaced customers  have been adversely affected by the 162 people killed in the crash of a jet flown by the former.

It is complete and utter bullshit.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 13, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 17 |

REX turbo-prop confused coal loader for airport in Newcastle stuff up

The ATSB has dissected the confused performance of two REX pilots who set up their SAAB 340 turbo-prop to land on a coal loader they had mistaken for Newcastle Airport  in an incident in November 2012.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 13, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 30 |

Greens propose closing Sydney Airport while buying its rail link

If the Labor decision to cripple a second Sydney Airport with a curfew was a surprise move in the current NSW State election campaigns, consider the plan by the Greens to close the existing airport and abandon the second airport project.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 13, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 13 |

Labor kicks massive own goal over 2nd Sydney Airport

Did this ex minister just try to reverse Labor policy on Badgerys Creek?

It didn’t take long this morning for the wings to fall off Labor’s efforts to score state election points with its support for the second Sydney Airport project at Badgerys Creek in the city’s far west.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 12, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 5 |

Virgin turbo-prop incident in Qld exposed safety breaches

The VARA turbo-prop concerned, safely on the ground

Try as it does to downplay safety breaches, the ATSB report into a Virgin Australia Regional turbo-prop incident at Moranbah in Queensland in 2013 uncovered a culture of ignoring air safety laws that has gone unpunished.

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BEN SANDILANDS | March 11, 2015 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 16 |

Airbus, Boeing adjust strategies for A380, 757 replacements

2004: Lew Wallick, co-pilot on first 757, waves off the last to roll out of Renton

The big two jet makers Airbus and Boeing keep adjusting their course headings when it comes to an an A380 NEO or a replacement for the 757, make that, as of today, a super 757 that isn’t really a 757.

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