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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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Malaysia will focus renewed MH370 search where Australia refused to look

Malaysia will focus renewed MH370 search where Australia refused to look

October 20, 2017 29 Comments

MH370's best chance of discovery is going to be intensively examined by renewed search

Efforts to crush Canada’s jet ambitions may have just failed

Efforts to crush Canada’s jet ambitions may have just failed

October 17, 2017 48 Comments

Making the Canadian CSeries jet a much bigger threat to its 737 family was probably not what Boeing intended when it tried to cripple it being sold cheaply to US carriers

Oops, why non-stops to Europe aren’t going to ‘kill’ Middle East hubs

Oops, why non-stops to Europe aren’t going to ‘kill’ Middle East hubs

October 17, 2017 24 Comments

Airbus makes it clear that the Middle East is a huge growth zone not just a place to refuel, or interrupt a flight to Europe

Airlines need to highlight chemo drug flight spill risks

Airlines need to highlight chemo drug flight spill risks

October 14, 2017 11 Comments

Our airlines need to use some very plain words about cytotoxic drug spills in passenger cabins

Qantas signs up for large scale LAX biofuels revolution

Qantas signs up for large scale LAX biofuels revolution

October 13, 2017 9 Comments

More heavy hitting evidence that investment funds, as well as true environmental commitments, are getting behind the eradication of fossil carbon releasing fuels

Rare comments made by Emirates about an Etihad merger

Rare comments made by Emirates about an Etihad merger

October 12, 2017 11 Comments

It's about 14 years since reporters have sought answers about a possible merger between Emirates and Etihad and we have almost enough words about this yesterday as heard in all of them in total

Emirates cuts all but one A380 a day across Tasman

Emirates cuts all but one A380 a day across Tasman

October 11, 2017 11 Comments

The Emirates Y class A380 cabin is about to become a rarer pleasure between Australia and New Zealand

Airbus comes under criminal probe and A330 NEO order pressures

Airbus comes under criminal probe and A330 NEO order pressures

October 11, 2017 5 Comments

Airbus warns its people of impending fallout over corruption claims and launch customer for A330NEO says it might take A350s instead

Turbulence could be making a more serious comeback in air travel

Turbulence could be making a more serious comeback in air travel

October 8, 2017 39 Comments

If as this study suggests, high smooth levels of the atmosphere are becoming more turbulence prone, air travel will have a new barrier to tame

Boeing buys into automated aircraft technology company to deal with scarce, and costly pilots

Boeing buys into automated aircraft technology company to deal with scarce, and costly pilots

October 6, 2017 11 Comments

Let's not beat around the bush, Boeing is investing in getting rid of pilots to solve a growing shortage of them

Pilotless fixed route CityAirbus vehicle starts full scale testing

Pilotless fixed route CityAirbus vehicle starts full scale testing

October 5, 2017 9 Comments

A gently worded reminder from Airbus that whatever makes cars 'driverless' can make flying machines 'pilotless'

Does society unwittingly subsidise the likes of Uber or Jetstar?

Does society unwittingly subsidise the likes of Uber or Jetstar?

October 5, 2017 6 Comments

Please consider this Guardian analysis on the true cost of low fare transport, but keep in mind it might be flawed

Did Malaysia cover-up, or stuff-up, key MH370 pointers?

Did Malaysia cover-up, or stuff-up, key MH370 pointers?

October 4, 2017 20 Comments

Does the X on this graphic mark the most likely resting place of MH370?

Virgin Australia takes on ‘green clean’ fuel role at Brisbane Airport

Virgin Australia takes on ‘green clean’ fuel role at Brisbane Airport

October 3, 2017 8 Comments

Making clean fuel is one thing, and Virgin is taking on the other essential of getting it into the fuel tanks

ATSB ‘last’ report on MH370 highlights data on pilot’s flight simulator

ATSB ‘last’ report on MH370 highlights data on pilot’s flight simulator

October 3, 2017 4 Comments

Some very raw questions remain unanswered as ATSB drops its closing MH370 search report

What will Etihad do to Virgin Australia with new managers?

What will Etihad do to Virgin Australia with new managers?

October 2, 2017 9 Comments

Etihad has chosen who will lead it, but where that will be is the question

Will Elon Musk’s BFR give Qantas its non-stop flights Sydney-London?

Will Elon Musk’s BFR give Qantas its non-stop flights Sydney-London?

September 29, 2017 27 Comments

Mars by spaceliner by 2022, Sydney or Melbourne non-stop to London in less than an hour. SpaceX reveals its new aspirations

How flying trans Tasman could be made faster, better, smarter

How flying trans Tasman could be made faster, better, smarter

September 29, 2017 2 Comments

There is an urgent need for a better airport experience for Australia-New Zealand flyers. Has the TTF nailed it?