The cruel sea beneath which the durable wreckage of MH370 lies
There may be many things that justify calling out the ATSB, but for the most part the search for MH370 isn’t one of them, and today it hit back at recent criticism in The Australian over the most basic factual misrepresentations of its role, responsibilities, and the narrative it has updated at regular intervals.
Earlier today there was excitement, in some quarters, at the finding of a part of MH370 on a beach in Sarawak slightly SE of the last ATC transponder visible position of the Malaysia Airlines jet over the Gulf of Thailand nearly two years ago.
From the Surf Air web site, note the single engined Pilatus prop
The ‘disruptive’ potential of subscription ‘all you can fly’ airline operations in Australia is very high, despite the barriers to success. Airly, a proposed new Sydney-Melbourne service reported by Fairfax today, comes with some very strong pros and cons.
In between the big jets at Sydney, a Boeing Stearman taxis to the end of an epic: Simon Bullard
If you were in your jet on a Sydney taxiway today you might have seen this tiny 1942 Boeing Stearman (above) complete its epic trip from the UK, emulating British aviatrix Amy Johnson’s flight to Australia in 1930.
The Starliner has roomier quarters, and more advanced systems for its pilots
Aerospace isn’t just Boeing versus Airbus, but versus SpaceX as the new order in privately owned manned orbital supply rockets moves closer to taking over the risks and rewards of servicing space outposts like the International Space Station (ISS).
The hoverboard in the house it burned down, courtesy ABC
The most important thing to note about this morning’s Melbourne hoverboard fire that burned down a house which coincidentally was near Essendon Airport was that the house wasn’t at 40,000 feet at the time.
A DSB graphic of the BUK detonation that destroyed MH17
Updated with link to new ‘citizen journalist’ report*
A recent Dutch news report, picked up by Live Leak, is a reminder that the Australian government’s rhetoric about the MH17 atrocity is on course for a rough ride this year as the Dutch criminal inquiry continues its pursuit of guilty parties in the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines 777 while in transit over a civil war zone in Ukraine on 17 July 2014 with the loss of 298 lives.
A reporter since November 30, 1960, Ben Sandilands looks at what really matters up in the sky: public administration of air transport and its safety, the accountability of the carriers, and space for everyone’s knees.