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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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Why did AirAsia X fly a crippled jet away from a nearby airport in WA yesterday?

Why did AirAsia X fly a crippled jet away from a nearby airport in WA yesterday?

Ben SandilandsJun 26, 201744 Comments

There are some deeply troubling questions to ask about this latest AirAsia X incident in Australian skies

Calling bullsh*t on Qantas long flight Wellbeing initiative

Calling bullsh*t on Qantas long flight Wellbeing initiative

Ben SandilandsJun 23, 201722 Comments

Is it time to show Qantas some 'tough love' over its passenger Wellbeing project?

Airbus A380 Plus doesn't add up for Emirates

Airbus A380 Plus doesn't add up for Emirates

Ben SandilandsJun 22, 201729 Comments

Airbus A380 Plus scores a minus with Emirates. This might not end well for you, as a regular sized passenger

No, we still don't have a Boeing 797 despite all the hype

No, we still don't have a Boeing 797 despite all the hype

Ben SandilandsJun 22, 201724 Comments

Boeing's vague 797 ambitions may reflect uncertainty among airlines as to what they really want such a jet to do

Global warming begins to burn a hole in air travel

Global warming begins to burn a hole in air travel

Ben SandilandsJun 21, 201729 Comments

Long ignored by airlines and airports, heat waves threaten flights, and airline economics

Boeing's new 737 MAX 10 wins sales off ... Boeing's lesser MAXs

Boeing's new 737 MAX 10 wins sales off ... Boeing's lesser MAXs

Ben SandilandsJun 20, 201716 Comments

The launch of the Boeing 737 MAX 10 is a reminder that 'small' single aisle jet flights are moving to 'longer' cabins and even more boarding hassles

Airbus A380 'Plus' adds seats or range, cuts flight costs

Airbus A380 'Plus' adds seats or range, cuts flight costs

Ben SandilandsJun 19, 201724 Comments

Airbus shows off an easier way to get more passengers per plane than by jamming their thigh bones together

Scoot eats Tiger, American reconsiders legs, Qatar says all good, almost

Scoot eats Tiger, American reconsiders legs, Qatar says all good, almost

Ben SandilandsJun 15, 20174 Comments

Will Australian domestic jungle prove safe for surviving Tiger branded airline?

Trump admin struggles to find way out of laptop ban stupidity

Trump admin struggles to find way out of laptop ban stupidity

Ben SandilandsJun 15, 20172 Comments

Educating the Trump administration on the realities of scheduled airline travel security continues to lurch forward

Missing MH370 satellite data released, contains new insights

Ben SandilandsJun 14, 20173 Comments

MH370's satellite link showed similar anomalies during the flight it completed prior to its disappearance

Missing MH370 satellite data released, doesn't contain surprises

Missing MH370 satellite data released, doesn't contain surprises

Ben SandilandsJun 13, 20173 Comments

Hopes that 'suppressed' satellite data might have hidden some MH370 'truths' have been dashed

Did China Eastern jet at Sydney last night blow or suck its engine apart?

Did China Eastern jet at Sydney last night blow or suck its engine apart?

Ben SandilandsJun 12, 201723 Comments

What was first reported as an engine explosion on the A330-200 may have been an 'implosion'

China Eastern Sydney incident raises very serious questions

China Eastern Sydney incident raises very serious questions

Ben SandilandsJun 12, 20177 Comments

China Eastern flight at Sydney was barely off the ground when engine failed last night

Airbus says A380 will always fit in wideboys (and girls) who can't hack 787s

Airbus says A380 will always fit in wideboys (and girls) who can't hack 787s

Ben SandilandsJun 11, 201724 Comments

More seats, even longer range, and lower fuel burn, said to be coming soon to Airbus A380s

Is the door to commercial supersonic flight really starting to open?

Is the door to commercial supersonic flight really starting to open?

Ben SandilandsJun 9, 201715 Comments

Can a 'Super' Blackbird and a fast corporate jet perform demo flights in the next five or so years?

Your Qatar Airways flights need to be checked, now!

Your Qatar Airways flights need to be checked, now!

Ben SandilandsJun 6, 201728 Comments

Rich but tiny Qatar has seen its airline operations severely disrupted by a sudden dispute with its ME neighbours over alleged support for terrorists

Qantas makes Melbourne much closer to Kangaroo Island

Qantas makes Melbourne much closer to Kangaroo Island

Ben SandilandsJun 5, 20173 Comments

There is nothing quite like Kangaroo Island, and Qantas is about to make it much easier to explore

MH370 may have lurched to the left in plunge to impact

MH370 may have lurched to the left in plunge to impact

Ben SandilandsJun 5, 20179 Comments

A key assumption about how MH370 behaved in its last moments isn't necessarily supported by the fine print in a Boeing manual

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