The difference between Australia and America in relation to the public administration of air safety is that in this country the media doesn’t give a sh*t, and has neither resources nor focus to follow and report a significant scandal in the process and conduct of the ATSB and CASA.
In a media conference after the release of the Wilton ‘suitability’ study, Infrastructure and Transport Minister Anthony Albanese made some observations about mine subsidence that may bury any chance of a Wilton Airport being built.
If Tony Abbott was delivering Anthony Albanese’s study into the suitability of Wilton as a site for a 2nd Sydney Airport which was released today he would have described it as ‘dead, buried and cremated.’
Emirates 'little' A380 route development tool, a Boeing 777
In an interview in Gulf News, Emirates president Tim Clark pushes back the timing of the 777-X to late 2020-2021, which is something of a jolt to those already suitably jolted only months ago by his insistence that Boeing had to have the airliner ready for his airline by late 2017.
Even better A350 photos on WSJ site as linked in story
The first Airbus A350 has not only broken cover in Toulouse, but the Wall Street Journal has broken its paywall in a grand gesture to aviation watchers worldwide by placing a story and collection of sharp clear photos on the internet for free here.
Virgin Australia's only A320, courtesy the Skywest takeover
Richard Branson’s appearance at the Virgin Australia Regional Airlines event in Perth yesterday saw the media all but totally ignore two very important messages from the only individual to have made somewhere north of $600 million from aviation in Australia.
You know an airline is hurting when it starts a food fight, since turning on the quality catering like Qantas is in business class on the Perth transcontinentals at the end of the month is a lot cheaper than having a fare fight with the Virgin Menace.
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.