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BEN SANDILANDS | November 17, 2014 | JOINT VENTURES | 8 |

Qantas JV with China Eastern will cut out Shanghai hassles

Shanghai (Pudong), about to get easier for Qantas flyers

Wherever else it leads the Qantas joint venture with China Eastern 中国东方航空公司 will make life so much easier for Australians using flying kangaroo services through Shanghai’s main international airport from day one.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 17, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 26 |

Why Wellcamp Airport is REALLY important

QantasLink gets a country hose down at Wellcamp

The opening of Wellcamp airport, way ,way ,way to the west of Brisbane today, ought to strike fear into the heart of those who push grossly inflated prices for new transport infrastructure projects in Australia.

Or alternatively, deep envy at a political and public level. 

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 17, 2014 | SPACE | 5 |

NASA maps 556 fireballs burning up over earth in 20 years

Cosmic buckshot and planet earth, 1994-2013: NASA

Off the radar when it comes to the daily concerns of the airline industry, NASA has published an interesting guide to where bright fireballs were recorded over the 1994-2013 period from small asteroids or meteors (or even fragments of comet debris). 

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 16, 2014 | MEDICAL ISSUES | 15 |

About your next flight, no make that next x-ray

Earlier this month, NASA science writer Dr Tony Phillips, took a radiation logger with him on a transcontinental US flight and found, as reported on SpaceWeather.com, that the radiation dose rate at 39,000 feet was 30 times higher than it was on the ground.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 15, 2014 | HISTORY | 2 |

Historic Aircraft Open Days return to the Illawarra

At last, the hard working crew at the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, based near Wollongong south of Sydney, at the Albion Park aerodrome, are doing monthly Open Days again.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 14, 2014 | CATERING | 21 |

Is a quality war replacing a fare war in Australia?

Dreamliner versus carry on: Don't try this on Jetstar

If the big dots are connected Qantas appears to be turning back to quality rather than price as a selling point in the Australian market.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 14, 2014 | SPACE | 12 |

Comet lander Philae stuck in a rocky badly lit place

One of Philae's legs beside a rocky outcrop. So much for the snowball tag!

Although it wasn’t known when scenes of jubilation broke out in the control room of the Rosetta mission when its comet lander Philae touched down on the dark surface of Churyumov-Gerasimenko, it ‘flew’ for another 113 minutes.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 13, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 8 |

Virgin Galactic survivor didn’t know critical lever was unlocked

NTSB acting chair Christopher Hart (right) during an earlier media briefing

In its latest update on the crash of the Virgin Galactic space tourism vehicle, America’s NTSB says the surviving pilot didn’t know a critical control lever had been unlocked at the wrong speed.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 12, 2014 | SECURITY | 21 |

Boeing unwilling to comment on 777 security issues

Boeing is not casting any official light on the concerns that have been raised over the insecure access to an electronics and electrical systems bay located below and behind the floorline of the cockpit of its 777s, including the 777-200ER that was missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

This is Boeing’s response to a request made last Friday 7 November (on the US side of the dateline) for a commentary on matters raised in this post on Plane Talking and on the Jeff Wise website.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 11, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 3 |

Scoot to keep its long haul 787s nearer to home, for now

Scoot CEO Campbell Wilson says the wide body Singapore Airlines low cost carrier is comfortable and optimistic within its chosen space of non-stop routes of up to around nine hours flight time from Changi Airport.

But in a wide ranging interview Wilson also said “We have a watching brief on possibilities beyond that nine hours reach, although we are not about to rush into them”.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 11, 2014 | HISTORY | 18 |

Qantas classic logo jet goes through its pre-delivery paces

Supposed to be unveiled next week, but highly visible this week, the retro QF 737

It’s always hard to keep a secret in Seattle, such as a special logo paint job, when the jet in question has to be rolled outside and taken on pre-delivery flights.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 10, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 24 |

Should Sydney’s 2nd Airport celebrate Lawrence Hargrave?

Few good photos of Hargrave exist, but this overlooks his beloved Stanwell Park

Should Sydney’s second major airport be named after one of the great unsung heroes of Australian, indeed, world aviation, the modest but far sighted box kite and curved airfoil innovator, Lawrence Hargrave?

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 08, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 14 |

MH370: Boeing needs to explain neglect of 777 security flaw

The unsecured electrical and electronics bay located under the floor and behind the cockpit of the Boeing 777-200ER that performed vanished Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 is again in the spotlight.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 07, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 21 |

Boeing, market forecasts, and … crowded Sydney Airport

There is a special form of agony involved in sitting arm-in-sling through an excellent Boeing market forecast in which no-one actually discussed whether or not the projected growth would ever fit into Sydney Airport.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 07, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 20 |

Airbus A330-200 gets enough range for non-stop SYD-LAX

The latest upgrade to the A330 gets it together in Toulouse

Warming to the topic that $$$ are all that matters when airlines choose airliners, it’s noted that the latest 242 tonne version of the A330-200 could do non-stop flights both ways between Sydney and Los Angeles.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 06, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 27 |

Boeing to be ‘boring’ with a look alike 737 replacement!

More of the same? The original Boeing 737-100, in 1967

There will be much gnashing of teeth and sobbing into anoraks today as the ghastly implications of a Reuters story quoting Boeing Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney spreads throughout the ranks of plane spotters.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 06, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 9 |

Bradfield, a fitting if ironic name for Sydney’s 2nd Airport

Naming Sydney’s 2nd airport for a man with such astonishing connections with turbulent politics in NSW is an act of generous genius by PM Abbott

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 05, 2014 | ROUTES | 5 |

Silkair brings quality to Cairns and underserved FNQ

Cairns Lagoon, peak hour everywhere else, bliss!

In an important boost to leisure as well as business connections with SE Asia, Singapore Airlines’ single aisle subsidiary Silkair is to start flights between Singapore and Cairns three times a week from May.

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