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BEN SANDILANDS | December 05, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 26 |

Sydney’s 2nd Airport to be big jet capable from Day 1

Updated The Badgerys Creek airport site in western Sydney will be able to take the world’s largest, heaviest and longest ranging jets from the day it opens after the infrastructure (and aviation) minister Warren Truss said it would have a 4000 metre runway from the moment the ribbon gets cut. 

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 05, 2014 | CARBON RELATED | 8 |

Boeing’s green diesel Dreamliner could even burn road kill

Boeing's historic green diesel 787 liftoff. Just don't ask what it came from

While there are many off colour jokes about airline catering and road kill, Boeing’s historic green diesel flight in its ecoDemonstrator 787 this week used a fuel that could have been refined completely from waste animal fats.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 04, 2014 | THE FUTURE | 4 |

Airbus A320 No 200 from China rolls out, 3000 more to come?

A small Airbus, in a big market, assembled in China for China

The significance of the China market for airliners, and what it might mean for the future shape of Airbus and Boeing, was on display yesterday when an A319 for China Eastern rolled out of the Airbus Tianjin final assembly line.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 03, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | |

Call for ATSB chief’s removal over Pel-Air report fiasco

Senior mandarins in aviation tried to lock their Minister, Warren Truss, into a position he no longer wants to be in. A very bad career move

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 03, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 1 |

ATSB ‘asked to consider’ re-opening Pel-Air crash inquiry

The broken Pel-Air jet on the sea floor near Norfolk Island

The minister responsible for aviation, Warren Truss, has called for a new look at the Pel-Air crash, in which a Westwind corporate jet flying a medical charter, was ditched off Norfolk Island in November, 2009.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 02, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 12 |

Damning review of ATSB Pel-Air investigation released

The independent peer review of the ATSB by its Canadian counterpart the TSBC finds serious issues with the methodologies and processes it followed before publishing its much criticised final report into the Pel-Air crash near Norfolk Island in 2009.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 02, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 19 |

Boeing, FAA deficiencies led to 787 fires, NTSB finds

The Japan Airlines 787 NOT ON FIRE at Boston according to Boeing PR

Inadequate design work by Boeing, shoddy standards by Japanese battery maker Yuasa Corp, and the corporate capture of the FAA  in its failure to properly certify a critical part of the Dreamliner 787,  this NTSB investigation has it all.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 30, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 16 |

Australian ATC didn’t know Melbourne flights were at risk for two years

A disturbing dossier of evidence as to the unsatisfactory and abjectly incompetent state of public administration of air safety in Australia is being assembled by the hard core membership of the Senate Standing Committees on Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 28, 2014 | FUEL COSTS | 6 |

Cheap fuel bonanza for airlines not quite what it seems, yet

It is much clearer to work out what record low oil prices mean for Airbus and Boeing than for airlines, and it isn’t good news for their newest designs.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 28, 2014 | ALLIANCES | 1 |

Etihad adds Scandinavian to its coat of many colours

There are two types of relationship between Europe’s airlines and those of the Gulf countries. Stand alone head on conflicts, like that of Emirates versus the world, and Etihad’s collaborative alternative of buying-into-them or signing-them-up in a common cause.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 27, 2014 | ROUTES | 1 |

China Southern’s A380 to make summer return to Sydney

The CZ A380, thoughtfully cropped to make it competitive with large twin engined jets.

China Southern has only five A380s but is recalling one of the them to Sydney to serve peak holiday demand from Friday week 5 December until 26 February on the Guangzhou route.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 27, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 46 |

Is this the Boeing plan for a New Small Airplane?

The MAX 200 edition of the 737-8 to be launched by Ryanair

Airbus could claim the credit for the latest Boeing leak that it will launch in 2018 a new 757-200 sized jet for service in 2024-2025 to counter a version of the A321 (the NEO LR) which might have been in service for six or seven years by the time the US planemaker’s response flies.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 26, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 28 |

AirAsia X founder tweets that he’s resuming London flights

Mount Fuji from the visiting A350-900 on its demo tour. Japan Airlines is also a customer

The founder of the AirAsia low cost carrier franchise and its group CEO, Tony Fernandes, has tweeted that he’s keen to start flying to London.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 26, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 40 |

MH370: Vast margins for error and disagreement in search zones

Part of the 3D bathymetic mapping done of potential sea bed search zones

Months of expert debate as to which parts of the Indian Ocean sea floor should get priority in the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have started surfacing in the general media.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 24, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 9 |

MH370: Is Australia being taken for a fool?

Crikey’s Insider bulletin today urges Malaysia’s most uncritical supporter, PM Tony Abbott, to call for, or read, the latest intelligence he can summons on the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 24, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 4 |

How can city metro airports be saved from big box retailers?

An heroic effort is being made today by the Australian Airports Association to give the small or metro airports in the major cities a future.

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 23, 2014 | CLASS ACTS | 10 |

Indonesia’s president makes a point about travel classes

How worried must (or mustn’t) Qantas and Virgin Australia be on news that the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, flew economy class between Jakarta and Singapore on Friday?

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BEN SANDILANDS | November 22, 2014 | SPACE | 8 |

Virgin Galactic states its case anew, but there are issues

The new Virgin Galactic home page

The Virgin Galactic website has been relaunched, and makes a dignified, respectful, deeply moving and encouraging case for opening the experience of sub orbital (and eventually orbital) space flight to far more of us than has so far been possible.

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