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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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Brisbane Airport commits to major solar power harvesting project

Brisbane Airport commits to major solar power harvesting project

Ben SandilandsSep 19, 20174 Comments

At least one major enterprise in Queensland isn't buying any of the nonsense about 'clean coal' for its low emission power needs

Great Circle Mapper lists your 21 most daunting flights

Great Circle Mapper lists your 21 most daunting flights

Ben SandilandsSep 18, 20175 Comments

In a perfect world, everyone would fly in jets that never deviated from a so called great circle routing

What it would be like riding Cassini as its drops into Saturn tonight

What it would be like riding Cassini as its drops into Saturn tonight

Ben SandilandsSep 15, 20172 Comments

Massive, languid and seemingly unperturbed, Saturn is about to get a rocket from Earth

Fume events may be rare, but a major effort to prevent them is underway

Ben SandilandsSep 14, 20173 Comments

Can airlines and aviation professionals sort out potentially deadly cabin fume events? An ambitious conference is about to try and prevent a future disaster

Airbus sends a note to those who think 3D printing is a gimmick

Airbus sends a note to those who think 3D printing is a gimmick

Ben SandilandsSep 14, 20173 Comments

Certainty in component quality and a potential drop in costs drive more complex uses of 3D printing in jet making

US court filing makes serious safety allegations about tight seating

US court filing makes serious safety allegations about tight seating

Ben SandilandsSep 14, 201711 Comments

A US court case concerning 'secret' safety issues in current airliners gives rise to a strong if alarming response from Boeing

Emirates grows Australia capacity more than 7% with extra A380s

Emirates grows Australia capacity more than 7% with extra A380s

Ben SandilandsSep 13, 20178 Comments

The backside friendly A380 continues to grow the Emirates presence in Australia

Emirates shelves its enthusiasm for lots of shiny new Airbuses or Boeings

Emirates shelves its enthusiasm for lots of shiny new Airbuses or Boeings

Ben SandilandsSep 10, 201733 Comments

Emirates gives fair warning that rapid expansion is part of a glorious past

United enters the long haul endurance stakes for Australia-US flights

United enters the long haul endurance stakes for Australia-US flights

Ben SandilandsSep 8, 201732 Comments

United's non-stops between Sydney and Houston may actually be about Air NZ's ambitions to do Auckland-New York City

Virgin Australia reveals a little more of its Hong Kong and China strategy

Virgin Australia reveals a little more of its Hong Kong and China strategy

Ben SandilandsSep 7, 20178 Comments

Virgin Australia gets dailies to Hong Kong. But when will it score non-stops to cities in China?

Botched Virgin turboprop landing attempt sees captain stand himself down

Botched Virgin turboprop landing attempt sees captain stand himself down

Ben SandilandsSep 6, 20176 Comments

Safety investigator silent on how Virgin Australia responded to pilot confusing flaps zero with flaps 30 in botched landing approach

MH370 sleuth urges caution over assassination of Malaysian consular official

MH370 sleuth urges caution over assassination of Malaysian consular official

Ben SandilandsSep 5, 2017

Did something about MH370 cause the death of a diplomatic appointee last month in Madagascar?It seems not

Airbus high altitude glider project soars to record height

Airbus high altitude glider project soars to record height

Ben SandilandsSep 5, 20175 Comments

A reminder that the view at top of cruise can be awesome at times

Alarm over failures of 'revolutionary' GTF engine is rising

Alarm over failures of 'revolutionary' GTF engine is rising

Ben SandilandsSep 3, 201720 Comments

Could the current problems with a new tech US engine harm three new regional jet designs as well as some key airlines?

The perils of reporting Ryanair's activities and ambitions

The perils of reporting Ryanair's activities and ambitions

Ben SandilandsSep 1, 20179 Comments

The scary, funny and enormously successful Michael O'Leary has ambitions for basket case Alitalia

Air Canada to fly three Dreamliner 787s to Australia daily

Air Canada to fly three Dreamliner 787s to Australia daily

Ben SandilandsSep 1, 201712 Comments

Canada mounts tourism mountain in Oz, and wants a bit of the US on the side

Qantas to resume A380 dailies to London via Singapore

Qantas to resume A380 dailies to London via Singapore

Ben SandilandsAug 31, 201750 Comments

Make no mistake, Qantas is making it clear it is in a new battle with the rise of Singapore Airlines and its Changi hub

Qantas, Emirates to apply to extend commercial alliance

Qantas, Emirates to apply to extend commercial alliance

Ben SandilandsAug 31, 20172 Comments

Qantas and Emirates are serving more than drinks at an A380 bar this morning