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BEN SANDILANDS | April 11, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 1 |

Avalon’s Hainan Airlines deal could pull in more carriers

A Hainan Airlines Airbus A330-200: Wikipedia Commons

Melbourne’s second airport Avalon, could realise its long held international services ambitions if the Hainan Airlines  海南航空公司 deal signed in Shanghai today works as intended.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 11, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 4 |

MH370 Decision to launch submersible may be days away

Two RAAF Wedgetails are joining the search effort: ADF photo

The promising signal picked up in the MH370 search area by a sonobuoy dropped by an RAAF P-3 Orion has been analyzed as unrelated to any pinger signal from the missing jet’s flight recorders.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 11, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 3 |

Australian PM recycles MH370 progress statements

Today's ocean floor and surface search areas: AMSA

The PM Tony Abbott has told reporters in China that the search area for missing flight MH370 has been significantly narrowed and that it is highly likely signals from its black box flight recorders have been heard.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 10, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 42 |

MH370 Possible signal picked up by P-3 Orion near Ocean Shield

An ADF photo showing the Ocean Shield and a RAAF P-3 Orion in joint operation

The Joint Agency Coordination Centre says a possible ‘ping’ signal from missing flight MH370′s flight recorders has been detected by an Australian P-3 Orion near the ADV Ocean Shield.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 10, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 14 |

MH370 HMS Echo heads for Ocean Shield search zone

The likely crash site, and drifted debris areas, for 10APR14: AMSA

At the risk of reading too much into some shipping ‘news’ and tracking info, the hydrographic survey ship HMS Echo appears to moving toward the zone where Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield is looking for missing flight MH370.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 09, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 28 |

MH370 More signals, new analysis, bring search closer to jet

The Ocean Shield acoustic detections, AMSA diagram

Two more pinger signals now considered highly likely to be from the flight recorders on lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have been detected by Australian Defence Vessel Ocean Shield from the Indian Ocean sea floor off the WA coast.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 09, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 9 |

MH370 The depths of despair in a diagram

AMSA's 8 April search map, with the submarine search reduced to a dot.

The Washington Post has published a disconcerting graphic which shows just how challenging the identification and recovery task is for the search for missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 08, 2014 | SEATING | 6 |

Japan’s first A380 takes off for an unusually roomy future

Skymark's first A380 leaves Toulouse for final fitting out in Hamburg: Airbus photo

At a time when the future of the A380 looks set to become more crowded because of high density formats, the first such giant Airbus ordered by a Japan flag carrier has taken off on its way to a future flying for a much roomier business model.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 08, 2014 | LOYALTY PROGRAMS | 6 |

Tigerair offers Infrequent Flyers club marketing deal

In what could be less than funny to some members of existing frequent flyer programs, Tigerair has launched an Infrequent Flyers Club.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 08, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 16 |

MH370 Suspected black box signals showed signs of ‘fading’

ADF supplied photo of Ocean Shield

It may be too soon to declare that the black box ‘pingers’ in the wreckage of missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have fallen silent but they may well be ‘fading.’

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 08, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 17 |

MH370 More success in search for missing jet expected shortly?

Update: Latest word is that there hasn’t been any major new development in the search for MH370, so maybe ‘major’ refers to a PR photo opportunity. We’ll soon know

There is a major announcement scheduled to be made at RAAF base Pearce near Perth at 11 am local time or 1 pm in eastern Australia that will involve defence minister Senator David Johnston and the head of the Joint Agency Coordination  Centre, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston (Ret’d).

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 07, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 30 |

MH370 The ‘voices’ of lost flight heard calling from the depths

This explains much that has been puzzling: The key map for the 7 April briefing

The ‘voices’ of lost Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 have almost certainly been heard calling from the depths of the wild Indian Ocean some 1680 kms NW from Perth.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 07, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 13 |

MH370 Today’s critical search map, and vital question

AMSA's 7 April map of 'ping' locations

Today’s MH370 search map from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority shows the critical change of emphasis that has taken shape since multiple ‘fleeting acoustic events’ have been heard at the frequency of signals that would be emitted by the black box recorders on board the lost Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 06, 2014 | HISTORY | 5 |

Video: Super Constellation V crosswind at Albion Park

Connie at Albion Park, fine one moment, windy the next: YouTube frame

Every now and then the Illawarra Regional Airport sees a flight by one of its treasures, a fully restored Lockheed Super Constellation like those that took Q.A.N.T.A.S  to international fame even before the jet age.

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BEN SANDILANDS | April 06, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 19 |

MH370 Australian vessel also hears ‘acoustic event’

While the language remains cautious, a third ‘acoustic event’ heard early this afternoon 6 April by Australian’s supply vessel Ocean Shield is causing optimism that the wreckage and flight recorders of the lost Malaysia Airlines 777 flight MH370 are indeed in the general areas currently being searched off the Western Australian Coast. 

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