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Ben Sandilands — Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands

Editor of Plane Talking

Ben Sandilands has reported and analysed the mechanical mobility of humanity since late 1960 - the end of the age of great scheduled ocean liners and coastal steamers and the start of the jet age. He’s worked in newspapers, radio and TV in a wide range of roles as a journalist at home and abroad for 56 years, the last 18 freelance.

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Qantas 787 premium Y seats anything but dreamy

Qantas 787 premium Y seats anything but dreamy

Ben SandilandsFeb 25, 2017

How could Qantas get key passenger needs so wrong on its new 787-9s?

GA peak body to conduct independent inquiry into Essendon DFO crash

GA peak body to conduct independent inquiry into Essendon DFO crash

Ben SandilandsFeb 23, 201718 Comments

AOPA is concerned official crash investigation might leave out safety issues arising from position of DFO shopping centre beside runway

Qantas reveals a wide new premium economy seat for 787s

Qantas reveals a wide new premium economy seat for 787s

Ben SandilandsFeb 23, 20174 Comments

Qantas has flagged a premium economy emphasis in future marketing with a seat that offers relief from the terrible things being done in ordinary Y class cabins everywhere

Qantas first half year results drop statutory profit by one quarter

Ben SandilandsFeb 23, 2017

All things considered, Qantas has reported strong results in a weaker trading environment in the December half year

ETA for re-done Pel-Air crash report now set for this March

ETA for re-done Pel-Air crash report now set for this March

Ben SandilandsFeb 22, 20172 Comments

It's now likely that the re-done final investigative report into the Pel-Air crash in 2009 will be published before MH370 is found

Just where did MH370 track after crossing peninsula?

Just where did MH370 track after crossing peninsula?

Ben SandilandsFeb 22, 20177 Comments

The newest 'sane' paper on aspects of the MH370 mystery also underlines less than full disclosure of vital information by Malaysian authorities

How Victoria screwed up land use near Melbourne's airports

How Victoria screwed up land use near Melbourne's airports

Ben SandilandsFeb 22, 201711 Comments

Somewhere in the burned out debris there should be evidence of a cockpit voice recorder

Essendon B200 crash similar to Sydney disaster in 1980

Essendon B200 crash similar to Sydney disaster in 1980

Ben SandilandsFeb 21, 201721 Comments

The Essendon plane crash this morning is the fourth major disaster involving King Air 200s in Australia

Trump praises newest Dreamliner the 787-10 as all American made

Trump praises newest Dreamliner the 787-10 as all American made

Ben SandilandsFeb 18, 201724 Comments

Australian cities are expected to get some of the first 787-10 services to Singapore from next year, but will we fit into the seats?

Virgin Australia says more about Hong Kong, China flights

Virgin Australia says more about Hong Kong, China flights

Ben SandilandsFeb 17, 20172 Comments

Virgin Australia quietly pushes 737 MAX program further into the future

Sydney Airport publishes more ransom notes in general media

Sydney Airport publishes more ransom notes in general media

Ben SandilandsFeb 17, 201718 Comments

That whining noise you hear in Sydney this morning doesn't comes from jet engines but the owners of the city's airport

Just how good or bad is Australia at managing air traffic control safety?

Just how good or bad is Australia at managing air traffic control safety?

Ben SandilandsFeb 15, 201725 Comments

It seems that air safety in Australia remains entirely a matter of business efficiency and $$$ government fees

Emirates chief eyes smaller jets for Dubai's giant new airport

Emirates chief eyes smaller jets for Dubai's giant new airport

Ben SandilandsFeb 14, 201722 Comments

Emirates gives a glimpse of how it might change once it breaks free of the confines of Dubai's present airport

Almost forgotten a very different Jupiter shows its spots

Almost forgotten a very different Jupiter shows its spots

Ben SandilandsFeb 14, 20174 Comments

Every day NASA shows the curious views of the solar system's planets and moons no human has ever seen before

SingaporeAir chooses 777-9 over an A350 stretch

SingaporeAir chooses 777-9 over an A350 stretch

Ben SandilandsFeb 10, 201766 Comments

As things stand now, SingaporeAir has chosen the Boeing that may take over from the A380 in high capacity long haul operations

Palisade gets the deal to run Sunshine Coast airport

Palisade gets the deal to run Sunshine Coast airport

Ben SandilandsFeb 9, 201711 Comments

Another example of how investing in airports is so much more rewarding than owning shares in airlines

Air Traffic vigilance prevents Tigerair stuff up at Cairns

Air Traffic vigilance prevents Tigerair stuff up at Cairns

Ben SandilandsFeb 7, 201711 Comments

One way to keep FNQ lovely and tidy is for airlines to ensure their flights have ALL of Cairns' runway available for take-off

Call to unlock missing data as MH370 sleuths continue to pursue the truth

Call to unlock missing data as MH370 sleuths continue to pursue the truth

Ben SandilandsFeb 5, 201737 Comments

The search for MH370 may have ended just as it had its best chance of success, but those upset by missing data and unsupported scenarios haven't given up

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