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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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Like a feather Rosetta gently dropped onto Comet 67P

Like a feather Rosetta gently dropped onto Comet 67P

Ben SandilandsSep 30, 20162 Comments

Like the Rosetta stone after which the space mission was named, the mother ship and its once lost child have helped decipher the natural history of the solar system

airberlin pays dearly for its contempt for grammar and other mistakes

airberlin pays dearly for its contempt for grammar and other mistakes

Ben SandilandsSep 30, 20162 Comments

If this had been happening in Australia, airberlin would have closed down and auctioned its routes and assets

MH17 criminal probe yet to identify missile launch culprits

MH17 criminal probe yet to identify missile launch culprits

Ben SandilandsSep 29, 20165 Comments

More than two years after the flight was destroyed the MH17 criminal inquiry hasn't identified any person involved in the launch

Singapore Airlines takes on Sydney-Jakarta route

Singapore Airlines takes on Sydney-Jakarta route

Ben SandilandsSep 28, 20161 Comment

A powerful Asian airline brand invites itself to the sky-is-the-limit Australia-Indonesia market

Bali flights getting 'ruined' again by volcanic ash

Bali flights getting 'ruined' again by volcanic ash

Ben SandilandsSep 28, 20163 Comments

What you need to know about volcanoes and airline safety when flying to Bali

Airbus preps its biggest A350 and starts A330NEO assembly

Airbus preps its biggest A350 and starts A330NEO assembly

Ben SandilandsSep 28, 20161 Comment

A new life for the A330 line and the largest yet version of the A350 are coming together in Toulouse

Cathay Pacific farewells the 747, thanks for the memories

Cathay Pacific farewells the 747, thanks for the memories

Ben SandilandsSep 27, 20166 Comments

Once so great, now so rare, Cathay Pacific is about to fly its last 747-400 passenger service

The missing factor in claim MH370 search is stopping just short of predicted location

The missing factor in claim MH370 search is stopping just short of predicted location

Ben SandilandsSep 26, 20165 Comments

The ATSB has good reasons to exclude the Captain Hardy site for MH370 from its search, but are they good enough?

Qantaslink 'not an emergency' incident descends into semantics

Ben SandilandsSep 23, 20164 Comments

A Qantaslink and earlier Jetstar incident in the last 24 hours have been added to the ATSB's workload

ATSB unable to link 'burnt' objects to MH370

ATSB unable to link 'burnt' objects to MH370

Ben SandilandsSep 22, 20161 Comment

What looked like a breakthrough in solving the MH370 mystery hasn't been confirmed by incomplete forensic analysis

Hawaiian thinks about using A380s to counter ANA doing same

Hawaiian thinks about using A380s to counter ANA doing same

Ben SandilandsSep 22, 20169 Comments

Will it be A380s at ten paces between All Nippon Airways and Hawaiian?

Canberra is 'international' again, and this time it's for real

Canberra is 'international' again, and this time it's for real

Ben SandilandsSep 21, 20167 Comments

The question now is who will make the second move as Canberra gets its first wide-body international flights

Virgin Australia restores Melbourne LAX 777s and puts A330s on Perth-Abu Dhabi

Ben SandilandsSep 20, 20168 Comments

It might only have small wide body fleets but Virgin Australia is working them like there is no tomorrow

Has Sydney's existing airport train found its Waterloo?

Has Sydney's existing airport train found its Waterloo?

Ben SandilandsSep 16, 20167 Comments

Almost as an aside an options paper for new rail links to Sydney's 2nd airport makes a startling proposal for fixing the problems with the trains that stop at its current single airport

Qantas to replace Jetstar on Melbourne-Tokyo (Narita) route

Qantas to replace Jetstar on Melbourne-Tokyo (Narita) route

Ben SandilandsSep 16, 20164 Comments

Qantas comes back to Melbourne-Tokyo non-stops with faster full service products in a resurgent market

ATSB confirms largest find yet of wing section of MH370

ATSB confirms largest find yet of wing section of MH370

Ben SandilandsSep 15, 20166 Comments

It's official, a very large part of MH370's wing has been found, but its in two parts, one in Australia and the other in France

Values for used big jets are sick and not just for A380s

Values for used big jets are sick and not just for A380s

Ben SandilandsSep 15, 20169 Comments

Inflicting pain on customers has become an accounting necessity for modern airlines

US sets safety rule to stop cabin oxygen fires in jets like MH370

US sets safety rule to stop cabin oxygen fires in jets like MH370

Ben SandilandsSep 13, 201616 Comments

The FAA has acted to prevent a cabin oxygen fed fire in 777s of a type that may have caused the loss of MH370

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