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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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How long is too long (and far) for the last seats in an airliner?

How long is too long (and far) for the last seats in an airliner?

Ben SandilandsNov 8, 201612 Comments

Bored by flying? Airbus or Boeing may have just the airliner for you in mind

Hoax air traffic control callers can be identified by voice prints

Ben SandilandsNov 8, 20164 Comments

Whoever is behind these dangerous false calls to airliners is either stupid or very poorly advised

It's 20 years since a common Australia-New Zealand border was a no-brainer

It's 20 years since a common Australia-New Zealand border was a no-brainer

Ben SandilandsNov 7, 20161 Comment

What would it really take to make travel across 'the Ditch' as easy as flying any domestic route?

How ancillary charges might destroy full service carriers

How ancillary charges might destroy full service carriers

Ben SandilandsNov 6, 20166 Comments

What seems good to airline stock jockeys could have unintended consequences when the customers revolt

Will an airline called Scoot make a meal out of another called Tiger?

Will an airline called Scoot make a meal out of another called Tiger?

Ben SandilandsNov 4, 20164 Comments

In the jungle of low cost airline competition, the Tigerair brand might be strong enough to resist extinction

Crash forensics imply MH370 didn't land on water with flaps, flaperon deployed

Crash forensics imply MH370 didn't land on water with flaps, flaperon deployed

Ben SandilandsNov 2, 201650 Comments

Major advances in the understanding of how MH370 crashed into the sea have been made by the ATSB

ATSB plans to extend MH370 search should be confirmed soon

Ben SandilandsNov 1, 2016

The ATSB has always said it wouldn't give up on seeking MH370, and may, repeat may, reveal more of its plans shortly

Aviation Minister admits to ignorance over earlier Sydney radar issue

Aviation Minister admits to ignorance over earlier Sydney radar issue

Ben SandilandsNov 1, 20163 Comments

He's the Minister for Aviation, and he made some comments this morning that airline industry people have archived for future reference

Two potent American Stalkers destroyed on successive days in Australian airspace

Two potent American Stalkers destroyed on successive days in Australian airspace

Ben SandilandsOct 31, 20168 Comments

The loss of two 'spy' flight devices in two days near Melbourne last week has attracted ATSB inquiries

A350 versus 787 comfort contests spreads to NZ, but for how long?

A350 versus 787 comfort contests spreads to NZ, but for how long?

Ben SandilandsOct 30, 20165 Comments

Enjoy the ‘golden age’ of roomy A350s versus super efficient but passenger unfriendly higher density 777s and 787s. It mightn't last long

About 21 injured in American Airlines runway fire at Chicago

About 21 injured in American Airlines runway fire at Chicago

Ben SandilandsOct 29, 201616 Comments

A rapid, and at least partly bag free evacuation of a burning jet today may have saved lives

Qantas has some tight news for full sized Australians in its 787s

Qantas has some tight news for full sized Australians in its 787s

Ben SandilandsOct 27, 201629 Comments

Nothing can disguise the fact that if you fly economy in a Qantas 787-9 you will be crammed into a small space

Qantas A330 makes history at Wellcamp Airport

Qantas A330 makes history at Wellcamp Airport

Ben SandilandsOct 24, 20161 Comment

The door to passenger flights between China and the Australian Outback has opened for business at Queensland's Wellcamp Airport

Another case for 'go north' in the search for MH370

Ben SandilandsOct 23, 201617 Comments

So close to safety, new paper raises but doesn't answer question why MH370 flew near so many good opportunities for an emergency landing

Researcher suggests another brief but fiery cause for MH370's disappearance

Ben SandilandsOct 20, 201695 Comments

We know MH370 was suddenly taken off course. This theory doesn't involve rogue pilots, but bad luck and several design flaws

MH370 ocean floor search completion slips by up to two months

MH370 ocean floor search completion slips by up to two months

Ben SandilandsOct 19, 20163 Comments

The close up cameras are being readied for a final look at anomalous sonar contacts in the MH370 priority sea floor search zone

Qantas, Virgin prohibit Samsung Galaxy Note 7s, but issues remain

Qantas, Virgin prohibit Samsung Galaxy Note 7s, but issues remain

Ben SandilandsOct 15, 201610 Comments

Gradually, but at a civilised pace, urgency over the lethal potential of the Samsung device is creeping up on Australia's air safety regulator

After almost 7 years Pel-Air crash scandal lurches toward finality

After almost 7 years Pel-Air crash scandal lurches toward finality

Ben SandilandsOct 14, 201626 Comments

How the ATSB expunges the shame of its original and highly unprofessional inquiry into the Pel-Air ditching remains to be seen

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