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Ben Sandilands

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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Jetstar A330-200 cockpit fire and diversion

Ben SandilandsJun 11, 2009

Jetstar statement regarding Jetstar Flight (JQ 20) Osaka - Gold Coast A Jetstar A330-200 aircraft operating directly between Osaka and the Gold Coast has made an emergency i

AF447 raises important questions about airline and pilot attitudes in computer centric cockpits

AF447 raises important questions about airline and pilot attitudes in computer centric cockpits

Ben SandilandsJun 10, 200910 Comments

The disaster brings back to prominence issues about the newer non-flying cultures of airline managements, their disconnection from the technical experience of their pilot cadres, an

Angry Flyers Lounge-NEVER take the last flight to Sydney

Ben SandilandsJun 9, 200910 Comments

An anonymous angry, let us say restrained but annoyed flyer, recorded her experience on the run at Melbourne Airport last Friday night. Late, and too late as it turned out. The m

AF447's critical tail components recovered

AF447's critical tail components recovered

Ben SandilandsJun 9, 20095 Comments

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Brain fade at Melbourne Airport compromised border security & passenger welfare after EK407 incident

Brain fade at Melbourne Airport compromised border security & passenger welfare after EK407 incident

Ben SandilandsJun 8, 20091 Comment

Brain fade or incompetency at Melbourne Airport compromised border security and passenger welfare after the Emirates accident involving flight EK407 on 20 March.

AF447's suspect pitot probes not the same as those used by the Qantas A330 fleet

Ben SandilandsJun 7, 20093 Comments

Qantas says it is unaffected by the pitot probe issues that are being

AF447 Air France statement on pitot probes, Qantas statement pending, bodies found

Ben SandilandsJun 7, 2009

Paris, 06 June 2009 - 23:09 local time Following the many questions which have appeared in the media on the issue of the Pitot probes in its fleet (the Pitot probe is an instrument w

Boeing 787-3 could turn into a sleeping beauty

Boeing 787-3 could turn into a sleeping beauty

Ben SandilandsJun 7, 2009

This leaves Boeing, as of 7 June, with only a single customer for two of its passenger jet products, Lufthansa for the 747-8, the ultimate version of the Queen of the Skies, the 747

AF447 spotlight falls on blocked sensor tubes

Ben SandilandsJun 7, 2009

The spotlight in the AF447 crash investigation has been applied to the three pitot tubes on the outside of the A330-200 which were being replaced world wide because of a history of faul

AF447's last messages point to the 'dragons' that can destroy a jet

AF447's last messages point to the 'dragons' that can destroy a jet

Ben SandilandsJun 5, 200911 Comments

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AF447 flown at wrong speed through turbulence prior to in-flight breakup according to Le Monde

Ben SandilandsJun 4, 20097 Comments

Le Monde is reporting

Sky worrier TV comes to Australia

Ben SandilandsJun 4, 2009

Someone at Tiger has either had a brilliant idea, or will never work in airlines again after the impending launch of Air Ways, one of Channel 7's coming 'attractions'. On the one h

AF447 speculation in tatters

Ben SandilandsJun 4, 20092 Comments

As usual early in air accident inquiries, there is growing confusion over what happened in what sequence to Air France flight AF447 early on 1 June over the mid Atlantic. It all seem

AF447 update

AF447 update

Ben SandilandsJun 4, 2009

There was a bomb threat made against an Air France flight prior to departure for Paris from Buenos Aires last Wednesday. No bomb was found. Reports in Paris and technical commen

AF447 mid-air breakup evidence raises new discussions about the last signals sent to Paris

Ben SandilandsJun 3, 200919 Comments

There is what could be described as technically informed speculation amongst airline professionals in Australia and abroad that AF447 broke apart in flight at or near 35,000 feet and fe

Angry Flyers Lounge-CASA is fixing the poor state of air safety in far northern Queensland

Ben SandilandsJun 3, 2009

An anonymous informant who made a detailed complaint about what he or she saw as inadequate safety oversight in far northern Queensland and on routes to Palm Island in particular appe

Wreckage sighted, tabloid lies exposed, and terrorism not ruled out in Air France crash

Ben SandilandsJun 3, 20092 Comments

In the second period of daylight in the AF447 search zone some widespread wreckage, not yet confirmed as coming from the missing jet has been spotted from the air in conditions of gener

The Air France mid Atlantic mystery will be hard to unravel

The Air France mid Atlantic mystery will be hard to unravel

Ben SandilandsJun 1, 20099 Comments