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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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Emirates leaves Melbourne at an altitude of 150 cms

Ben SandilandsMar 21, 20094 Comments

Last night's serious incident involving an Emirates A345 departing Melbourne for Dubai as flight EK 407 has caused some very striking images to be posted on the industry site Pprune.org

787 narrows the gap between hype and reality

787 narrows the gap between hype and reality

Ben SandilandsMar 20, 2009

Suddenly Boeing has found its tongue. But will it reply to Markus 45? Is Markus 45 the infamous and mysterious Boeing mole, Captain X, the terror of Airliners.net, the must see site fo

Qantas bites tongue over its Dreamliner nightmare

Ben SandilandsMar 18, 20092 Comments

Some increasingly serious questions about the much delayed Boeing 787 Dreamliner are going unanswered. So far Qantas, the largest airline customer for the 'plastic fantastic' jet, is

America goes insane

Ben SandilandsMar 18, 2009

There are now 1 million entries on the federal government's terrorist watch list, according to USA TODAY, up nearly one-third since 2007. The growth comes even as officials work to dele

Money for nothing, but the seats aren't free

Ben SandilandsMar 17, 2009

The most often asked question about frequent flyer points sold to third parties is 'where do they come from?' It is one of the questions being asked in the countdown to the 31 March cha

Inside the airlines' Pacific pain game

Ben SandilandsMar 15, 2009

It is getting raw and bleeding for the airlines across the Pacific. At this moment by astonishing coincidence Qantas and V Australia have $971 return fares on sale between Sydney and

SkyAirWorld (CosmosUniverse) Airlines looses jets and plot

Ben SandilandsMar 12, 2009

SkyAirWorld Airlines of Queensland has sometimes seemed like the sort of little toy airline that couldn't. It couldn't make a go of the route to the Solomon Islands, and it couldn't mak

Decoding the Qantas Middle East code share

Ben SandilandsMar 11, 2009

Qantas may have just started the airline equivalent of a 'holy war' in the Middle East. Of course no-one in Qantas would be as tactless as a Crikey blog in so describing today's anno

Is this a cure for queues at airports?

Ben SandilandsMar 9, 20092 Comments

How about boarding jets completely differently to the shambles often experienced today? If you are holding say an aisle seat, like 21c, and you have the option of waiting to board u

The A330 issues. More cases, some progress, and lingering doubts about electromagnetic interference

Ben SandilandsMar 6, 20091 Comment

As reported earlier, the ATSB has ordered new tests to determine if electromagnetic inference from military installations near Learmonth in WA is a possible cause of serious incidents i

More on the Qantas Manila ripper incident from the ATSB

More on the Qantas Manila ripper incident from the ATSB

Ben SandilandsMar 6, 20096 Comments

The second billing in today's double header from the ATSB is the release of another interim factual

Electromagnetic interference back in frame as possible cause of Qantas A330 incidents

Electromagnetic interference back in frame as possible cause of Qantas A330 incidents

Ben SandilandsMar 6, 20091 Comment

The ATSB has ordered new tests to determine if electromagnetic inference from military installations near Learmonth in WA is a possible cause of serious incidents involving Qantas A330s

Departure taxes, biosecurity and internet p*rn filters

Ben SandilandsMar 6, 20093 Comments

The soften-them-up pre-Federal budget rumours include an increase to the departure tax which is currently $47. The claimed reason is to better fund border security including improved bi

Is jet fuel made from algae taking root, or just rooted?

Ben SandilandsMar 5, 20095 Comments

The grail that is supposed to render aviation a zero emissions industry is fuel derived from algae. Progress has so far been amazingly fast, with a trial in the New Year of a twin engin

Australia's southern polar express makes a point

Australia's southern polar express makes a point

Ben SandilandsMar 4, 2009

The jet was acquired to provide an air link between Hobart and the Wilkins Blue Ice runway some 70 kilometres from the Casey base. It has done this without technical problems since

Michael O'Leary p*sses on the media from a great height again

Ben SandilandsFeb 28, 20092 Comments

It says much about how daft the British media and the UK in general has become in these times when Michael O'Leary, the rude, crude and hugely successful chief executive of Ryanair, p*s

V Australia, Brer Rabbit and the Briar Patch

V Australia, Brer Rabbit and the Briar Patch

Ben SandilandsFeb 26, 20094 Comments

The problem for Jetstar is that it bet on the wrong Boeing, the much delayed and now range challenged 787 Dreamliner, which when it does turn up, will operate via Auckland, adding s

Air NZ versus the French investigation

Ben SandilandsFeb 26, 20091 Comment

Air New Zealand's CEO, Rob Fyfe, is indignant that the French accident investigation bureau, the BEA, did not take the airline's input into its preliminary findings concerning the crash

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