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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 a Canadian regional jet could spark a ruinous trade war

How a Canadian regional jet could spark a ruinous trade war

September 28, 2017 28 Comments

With friends like the US Department of Commerce, does Boeing have a worse enemy in terms of a trade war fought over subsidies?

Airbus’ Bladerunner starts raking air to clean up flying

Airbus’ Bladerunner starts raking air to clean up flying

September 27, 2017 4 Comments

It might look ungainly, but this could prove the smoothest way to shave costs and emissions in future jets

How Boeing will grow the new Australian space age

How Boeing will grow the new Australian space age

September 26, 2017 2 Comments

A reminder from Boeing Australia that it is the best connected and most powerful entity the Australian Space Agency will work with

Australia re-enters space, this time without burning up

Australia re-enters space, this time without burning up

September 25, 2017 4 Comments

After a long forgotten launch half a century ago this Australian space age looks like becoming a durable feast

All hail the sun, whether yours is coming or going

All hail the sun, whether yours is coming or going

September 23, 2017 5 Comments

Some idle thoughts about the southern spring equinox

It’s holiday hordes versus the volcano in Bali today

It’s holiday hordes versus the volcano in Bali today

September 23, 2017 9 Comments

Keep an eye on your airline's Bali updates today, before going to the airport

First Qantas Dreamliner 787-9 shows off its colours

First Qantas Dreamliner 787-9 shows off its colours

September 21, 2017 28 Comments

With 18 fewer seats this Qantas 787 could feel as good inside as it looks from the outside

Airbus springs a wide body jet airliner surprise in China

Airbus springs a wide body jet airliner surprise in China

September 21, 2017 17 Comments

Airbus sees potential to 'complete' its largest twin engined jet the A350 in the just opened A330 plant in Tianjin

Brisbane Airport commits to major solar power harvesting project

Brisbane Airport commits to major solar power harvesting project

September 19, 2017 41 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

September 18, 2017 5 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

September 15, 2017 3 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

September 14, 2017 3 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

September 14, 2017 5 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

September 14, 2017 11 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

September 13, 2017 8 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

September 10, 2017 33 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

September 8, 2017 32 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

September 7, 2017 8 Comments

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