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BEN SANDILANDS | April 14, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 13 |

MH370 search review unlikely to deal with official lies

When will Malaysia tell the relatives of the dead what it really knows?

Will anyone at the tripartite review of the search for MH370 being held in Kuala Lumpur this Thursday have the guts to ask why Malaysia deliberately misled its partners about the course taken by the missing Boeing 777 from day one, back on 8 March 2014?


Airbus, Boeing face continued issues with A380s, 737 MAXs

The 737 MAX, selling like warm beer in a bush pub in summer

They are very different airliners but they both face important issues that continue to attract analyst and carrier scrutiny. The giant Airbus A380 needs more sales, and the comparatively miniscule Boeing 737 MAX needs, according to a range of reports, a better new tech engine.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 10, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 14 |

Qantas sets up 717 heavy maintenance base in Canberra

The smooth and quiet riding 717, except for the rows nearest the engines

In a move that is good politics as well as good business Qantas is putting a heavy maintenance base for its Boeing 717s in Canberra later this year.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 10, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 38 |

MH370: What did ships notice on the day it disappeared?

Mike Chillit's graphic archiving trackable shipping when MH370 crashed

Updated* When Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 inexplicably changed course on 8 March 2014 and from all indications eventually flew to its doom in the southern Indian Ocean, it must have crossed paths with the shipping below.

But has anyone systematically interrogated those container ships, or those fishing fleet mother ships that were legal?

BEN SANDILANDS | April 09, 2015 | ROUTES | |

Virgin Australia adds Spain and Scotland codeshares

Toledo is very close to Madrid, unless you insist on driving there

As promised earlier this year, Virgin Australia keeps adding new international codeshares with Etihad that can compete with the Qantas-Emirates partnership.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 09, 2015 | CABINS | 7 |

Boeing patents an in your face passenger comfort device

Haneda Tokyo. The spacious part of the trip, checking in.

When Boeing patents a ‘face relief aperture’ device to hold your head in place while you try to sleep you just know that the crisis in passenger comfort is becoming more …. pressing.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 08, 2015 | ULR FLIGHT | 41 |

An airline critique of mid air refuelling as a SYD-LHR solution


A military solution to an airliner problem? Not likely

A UK story about how a university research program could solve the problem of ultra long range (ULR) flights like Sydney-London non-stop is behind a terse email from an airline contact of note this morning.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 06, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 20 |

PED chips more vital in MH370 mystery than in Germanwings crash?

A tragic jet age version of a message in a bottle?

Nothing more has been heard for some days of the mobile phone chip claimed to have been recovered from the Germanwings crash site, showing the chaotic last few seconds of the flight that ended in disaster in the southern French alps on 24 March.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 04, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 49 |

Germanwings marks difference in crime and safety probes

After the mourners have left, a lonely memorial under the vastness of the alps

If there is one thing that stands out apart from the utter horror of the Germanwings crash, it is the speed with which the blame was placed on a pilot.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 02, 2015 | P AND C | 3 |

Jetstar responds to super rumours

There has been some buzz today about Jetstar conducting a ‘payroll review’ to correct errors in superannuation payments. In part this is true, but apparently the necessary adjustments will be small.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 02, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 3 |

Australia, Singapore ramp up Thai air safety scrutiny

Will Thai International be stretched by the pressure of ICAO issues?

Safety regulators in Australia and Singapore have now joined Japan and South Korea in increasing their scrutiny of Thai flag carriers following an ICAO audit that raised questions about air safety regulation in Thailand.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 02, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 12 |

Howzat! Air safety body catches crashing drone at cricket

Without a crash photo, why not another ICC World Cup victory shot?

Unseen it seems by everyone but the country’s air crash investigator at last Sunday’s victory by Australia over NZ at the world cricket cup final at the MCG was a crashing drone.

BEN SANDILANDS | April 01, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 9 |

Far Western Sydney Airport to generate heat, light and jobs

Inside the secret test drilling site for the Sydney far west airport, conducted in Switzerland

In what  government insiders say will be marketed as a broadening of the vision for Sydney’s future, Prime Minister Abbott will later today unveil his Far Western Connect project, an extension of what was formerly known as the WestConnex road for the Future until the language police  prevailed.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 31, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 1 |

Thai carriers under threat of air safety downgrade

Past problems at Bangkok's main airport . Are they now coming back?

Thailand is at risk of an aviation safety downgrade by ICAO and is taking urgent action under martial law powers to avoid the damaging commercial consequences that would follow such a decision.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 31, 2015 | STUNTS | 7 |

Water cannon salute foams Virgin Atlantic A330 costs ££££££

No Virgin photo at hand, so here is Air-India showing how it is supposed to work

Apparently there is a button on airport firefighting equipment that says FOAM not WATER.  It was accidentally pressed during a water cannon salute for a new Virgin Atlantic A330 flight at Manchester Airport earlier today, and the damage bill is eye watering.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 31, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 4 |

NZ leaning control tower plan may be a day too soon

The give away? It claims to lean into Wellington's prevailing wind direction!

Today’s notable aviation image comes from New Zealand, with not a jet in sight.

It’s an air traffic control tower for Wellington airport that totally outdoes the leaning tower of Pisa, and, it may be a day too soon.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 30, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 31 |

Australia to monitor cockpit rule change for unintended issues

Above the carnage, the contrails trace hundreds of flights

Safety authorities in Australia will monitor its adoption of the two-persons-in-cockpits-at-all-times rule which was announced today for future unintended consequences.

BEN SANDILANDS | March 30, 2015 | AIR SAFETY | 20 |

Australia also adopts two crew always in cockpit rule

Australia has also mandated a minimum of two approved people, at least one of them a pilot, to be in the cockpits of  its international and domestic airliners at all times, and with immediate effect.


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