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BEN SANDILANDS | July 13, 2014 | AIRPORTS | 4 |

Venezuela Airport charges a ‘breathing tax’

A purified air tax at a South American airport! Calling Sydney Airport, All is forgiven.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 12, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 7 |

Airbus A330 NEOs fly high in sky full of rumours

Why did Airbus circulate this image last week?

So what’s left to announce at next week’s Farnborough Air Show

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 12, 2014 | SPACE | 6 |

SPOT powers up, sees your city, your childhood, from space

Raw satellite images can cause raw emotions. Explore them and you can find your past, as well as ponder your future, and that of our species.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 11, 2014 | AIRLINERS | 12 |

Emirates will fly 90 A380s by late 2017

So that's how 50 looks in a crowd shot. Delivery photo by Airbus in Hamburg

The delivery of Emirates’ A380 number 50 is not the story for the airline industry.  The story is its disclosing that it will have a further 40 of them in service in little more than three years

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 10, 2014 | SPACE | 1 |

WhiteKnightWho shows its spectacular side on flight 150

Virgin Galactic puts its Space rocket lifter through its paces as the inaugural joy ride of its sub orbital vehicle draws closer

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 10, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 3 |

Intimidation motion concerning Pel-Air raised in Senate

The independent Senator for  South Australia Nick Xenophon has served notice of a rare but very serious motion concerning the possible intimidation of a witness to a recent inquiry into the processes involved in the ATSB producing its much criticised final report into the 2009 Pel-Air crash.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 10, 2014 | LOW COST CARRIERS | 8 |

Lufthansa long haul low cost brand targets SE Asia

Could Lufthansa return to Australia through a new long haul low cost carrier in its longer term strategy to stymie Norwegian and take business back from Middle East carriers?

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 09, 2014 | VIP JETS | 12 |

Shinzo Abe shows Tony Abbott a ‘real’ PM’s jet

Tony Abbott this afternoon tweeted that he was enjoying flying to the Pilbara with his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe.

However these two photos posted by Canberra Airport how he might have enjoyed it more.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 09, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 1 |

ATSB cautious optimism on MH370 is a media stunt

Australia continues to be made to look ordinary by grand standing by a discredited ATSB’s handling of an aviation mystery much closer to home than the search for MH370

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 09, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 8 |

Qantas engineering job losses and the bigger picture

These are tough times to be an engineer in any airline as technological change that motorists already take for granted come to fleets where older aircraft are being overtaken by new, less maintenance hungry designs.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 08, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 19 |

Social media captures more than airliner near misses

However intrusive it may seem at times, social media continues to destroy the capacity of publicists and apologists to downplay aviation incidents.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 07, 2014 | AIRLINER DESIGNS | 4 |

Air NZ to show off its fifth 787-9 Dreamliner at Farnborough

An earlier photo of the first All Black NZ 789 at Everett

Air New Zealand’s planning for the rapid and effective deployment of a fleet of ten 787-9s is what will really be on display at next week’s Farnborough Air Show in the UK.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 07, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | |

MH370 new search contracts, a poster guide

The silence from Canberra as to the outcomes of the tender process for the next phase of the search for missing flight MH370 has entered its second day, while Kuala Lumpur has followed up its disclosures yesterday with a guide using posters.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 06, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 5 |

Malaysia announces MH370 search contract awards

From the sonar analysis pages of the iXBlue web site

Updated An Australian division of  iXBlue and Malaysia’s government owned Petronas oil and gas enterprise will perform major parts of the contracts for the new sea floor search for missing flight MH370 off the Western Australian Indian Ocean cost from mid August.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 06, 2014 | SECURITY | 32 |

What was Air NZ thinking when it confirmed security flaw in 777s?

It’s a holiday weekend in the US and Sunday in the antipodes but the consequences of the PR blunder at Air New Zealand in revealing that locked doors on 777 cockpits can be readily bypassed will be immense.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 06, 2014 | AIR SAFETY | 10 |

Air NZ cockpit lockout and MH370, is there a common factor?

A Wiki Commons photo of an Air NZ 777-200ER

Today’s stories about a captain briefly locking his first officer out of the cockpit of an Air NZ 777 somewhere between Perth and Auckland are weird in their own right, and touch on something that could be of critical importance in the mystery of missing 777 flight, MH370.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 06, 2014 | RAIL | 9 |

Boeing’s 737 supply chain has Deliverance moment in Montana!

Major bumma, not what Rivulet Montana expected this 4 July holiday: PBS

Until Independence Day last Friday the only annoying thing that interfered with the long supply chain between Wichita and Renton in Seattle for 737 fuselages was the odd bullet hole.

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BEN SANDILANDS | July 05, 2014 | PR EXPOSED | 1 |

Happiness blankets on planes: Who’s kidding who?

What's the airline message here? The male lights up and makes a move? Is this for real?

What makes an air transport story these days, and how is it decided where and how it appears?

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