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BEN SANDILANDS | January 07, 2015 | UFOS | 5 |

Should Perth ‘near miss’ be considered a UFO event?

What UK Defence ministry called an unusual atmospheric occurrence

Two researchers have published an anlysis of a reported close encounter last year between a turbo-prop near Perth and an object thought to have been a drone and concluded that  it should be regarded as a UFO

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 05, 2015 | SPACE | 1 |

Fifty shades of grey in full colour photo of comet 67/P

Double lobed nucleus of 67/P from ESA probe Rosetta

It may seem colourless, but this is how the soon-to-awaken nucleus of Comet Churyumov–Gerasimenko would look to our eyes if we were on board the European Rosetta spacecraft as it follows the 4300 metres wide object as its orbit brings it closer to the sun.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 04, 2015 | AIRPORTS | 15 |

Why a 2nd Sydney Airport has nothing to do with Blue Mountains heritage status

If you ever see this on your flight west from Sydney, pray.

Editorial

The media silly season has finally arrived with the SMH website declaring that the world heritage status  of the Blue Mountains is at risk because of the go ahead for a second Sydney airport at Badgerys Creek.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 03, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 45 |

Legality of AirAsia crash flight QZ8501 thrown into doubt

Does AirAsia founder and group CEO Tony Fernandes respect the rules?

AirAsia finds itself in a ‘whole lot of hurt’ tonight as the very legality of the flight that crashed on Sunday killing 162 people is called into doubt by Indonesian authorities.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 02, 2015 | AIR CRASHES | 52 |

Plausible yet incompatible claims arise over AirAsia crash

Reasonable people reading the mainstream and technical media have two scenarios to consider in the crash last Sunday of AirAsia flight QZ8501 into the Java Sea while on its way from Surabaya to Singapore with 162 people onboard.

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BEN SANDILANDS | January 01, 2015 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 35 |

A costly ‘low cost’ year ahead for Qantas and Virgin?

We’re going to be so cheap Air-India and Philippine Airlines will set up call centres in Cairns and Charleville.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 31, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 17 |

Japan to Boeing: Redesign your Dreamliner batteries

Japan’s aviation regulator tells Boeing to redesign its lithium-ion battery fix in the Dreamliners, if only for appearances sake

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 30, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 35 |

AirAsia flight QZ8501 recovery operations to be boosted today

Updated

The recovery operation at the AirAsia flight QZ8501 crash site in the Java Sea south west of Kalimantan will be much expanded today following its discovery yesterday afternoon.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 29, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 42 |

RAAF AirAsia ‘find’ now discounted

RAAF Orion AP-3C Orion over Darwin

Repudiated In what some may find uncomfortably similar to false MH370 search leads early in the disappearance of that Malaysia Airlines jet, reports earlier today that an RAAF Orion had found objects in the AirAsia search zone have been officially discounted.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 29, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 17 |

AirAsia QZ8501 crash caught up in confused reporting

In the absence of confirmed wreckage and some of the worst weather in recent times in the region the loss of AirAsia flight QZ8501 yesterday is causing anger and grief for those who have  family and friends on the missing A320.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 28, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 30 |

AirAsia A320 vanished abruptly over Java Sea

Copied from the Flightradar 24 site.

The Flightradar trace (above)  of the AirAsia A320 flight QZ8501 that has been declared lost between Surabaya and Singapore this morning ends abruptly over the Java Sea at more than 30,000 feet 42 minutes after it took off.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 27, 2014 | CUSTOMER RELATIONS | 11 |

Festive txt from AirAsia X: We’ve ruined your holiday

An AirAsia X A330-300, currently a symbol of some grief among customers

AirAsia X has a very short period of time in which to compensate an unknown but most likely large number of passengers for ruining their holiday or family trip to Bali.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 27, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 17 |

Bigger Australian airports want more foreign flights

Seeking a Qantas bypass, airports ask for more Qatar, Emirates and Etihad jets in a cause that will inflame protectionist versus free trader conflicts

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 25, 2014 | AIR CRASHES | 33 |

MH17: Russia changes its allegations

A Ukraine Sukhoi 25 jet: Wikipedia public domain photo

There has been a significant change in the Russian position over the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the disputed civil war ridden eastern Ukraine on 17 July with the loss of 298 lives.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 24, 2014 | BEST WISHES | 13 |

When flying is the last thing on our minds

High summer picnics at Mrs Macquarie's Chair, 1855, John Black Henderson

It’s the time of year when we can be glad any flying is over for a week or two, and we can enjoy some good times with family and friends.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 23, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 6 |

Airbus chief: A350 family will grow, A380 future secure

In the spotlight, Qatar Airways takes first A350-900

The A350WXB family has at least 20 years in which to grow well beyond the current -900 and -1000 models, Airbus president and CEO Fabrice Brégier said today as the first of the all new design wide body jets was handed over to launch customer Qatar Airways.

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 22, 2014 | STRATEGY | 11 |

Qatar Airways chief tells legacy carriers to get out of his way

Qatar Airways group CEO, Akbar Al Baker,  today said those legacy carriers that objected to its success “had better shut up.”

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BEN SANDILANDS | December 22, 2014 | ROUTES | 9 |

Etihad upgrades Melbourne to double daily Abu Dhabi flights

How the Etihad 777-300ER (old livery) will not look for long in Melbourne

To take the contest to Emirates and Qantas from any major city Etihad needs at least a double daily service in its own right, and will double its Melbourne frequency to two 777-300ERs from 1 August.

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