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Airbus says 0.5m pilots needed to keep jets flying in near future

Airbus says 0.5m pilots needed to keep jets flying in near future

Ben SandilandsJul 12, 20163 Comments

There is a problem with the future of flight for those who see cheap seats as a social entitlement. There aren't enough pilots, and no-one seems to give a stuff

Damaged Virgin Australia turbo-prop risked crashing for five days

Damaged Virgin Australia turbo-prop risked crashing for five days

Ben SandilandsJun 15, 201611 Comments

ATSB alerts the world to a safety issue that could have crashed a Virgin Australia turbo-prop

MH370's nine fragments imply search may be too far south

MH370's nine fragments imply search may be too far south

Ben SandilandsJun 3, 20162 Comments

The imprecise business of ocean current drift analysis is a lot sharper in focus than most of the popular theories about the loss of MH370

MH370 search vessels battered by massive waves

MH370 search vessels battered by massive waves

Ben SandilandsJun 1, 2016

Another insight into the Australian managed MH370 search has been posted from the southern Indian Ocean

ATSB reports on two 737s blindsided by fog at Mildura ... in 2013

ATSB reports on two 737s blindsided by fog at Mildura ... in 2013

Ben SandilandsMay 31, 20168 Comments

Virgin Australia and Qantas each found one of their 737s in peril three years ago when they were forced by inadequate fuel loads to divert to Mildura in a weather crisis that became much worse as they prepared to land at the country town

Why Jetstar's latest incident should alarm flyers

Why Jetstar's latest incident should alarm flyers

Ben SandilandsMay 14, 20167 Comments

The ATSB says a 'serious incident' is one that could end in a crash, and Jetstar has just had another one

A cruel winter sea returns to MH370 search zone

A cruel winter sea returns to MH370 search zone

Ben SandilandsMay 11, 2016

If finding MH370 on the floor of a complex deep ocean isn't challenging enough, waves up to 12 metres high have returned with the onset of winter

Virgin Australia hard landing highlights issue facing all airlines

Virgin Australia hard landing highlights issue facing all airlines

Ben SandilandsMay 5, 20168 Comments

Undetected damage, in this case to a Virgin flight landing on a stormy night in Samoa, is a challenge airlines haven't yet overcome

Cobham jet caught fire after company failed to properly repair an engine

Cobham jet caught fire after company failed to properly repair an engine

Ben SandilandsMay 2, 201659 Comments

Which is worse? A jet on fire over a city because of an unapproved engine repair, or safety regulator CASA saying it won't act against the airline?

Nothing can excuse the Albury Virgin ATR safety fiasco, not even this recycled piece of ATSB fluff

Nothing can excuse the Albury Virgin ATR safety fiasco, not even this recycled piece of ATSB fluff

Ben SandilandsApr 13, 201631 Comments

Why has the ATSB hushed up a disturbing failure of safety oversight involving a Virgin Australia turbo-prop?

Mixing cattle choppers and big jets on the same radio frequency headed to court

Ben SandilandsApr 2, 201613 Comments

However last week Smith, aviator, adventurer, businessman and philanthropist, had law firm Mark O’Brien, serve notice on Mark Skidmore, director of safety, CASA, of his intention

Fourth potential MH370 wing part found even earlier in Mozambique

Fourth potential MH370 wing part found even earlier in Mozambique

Ben SandilandsMar 11, 20167 Comments

Blaine Gibson's discovery of a potential MH370 fragment in Mozambique last week may have been usurped by an earlier find in December in the same country by a South African youth on

MH370 parts contest? Australia 1, Malaysia 0, game still on

MH370 parts contest? Australia 1, Malaysia 0, game still on

Ben SandilandsMar 9, 20169 Comments

Following contradictory claims by their ministers responsible for aviation, Australia appears to have taken charge of the physical investigation from Malaysia of the possible fragme

Seat squeeze struggle might get somewhere if safety is the focus

Seat squeeze struggle might get somewhere if safety is the focus

Ben SandilandsMar 9, 201613 Comments

The policy of airlines opting to physically hurt their passengers with tighter, tinier seats to improve accounting metrics isn't meeting any regulatory resistance, but what if the safet

Passenger video gives inside view of ATC screw up at Melbourne Airport

Passenger video gives inside view of ATC screw up at Melbourne Airport

Ben SandilandsFeb 7, 201620 Comments

*Updated with YouTube link ABC News, and possibly the commercial networks, will tonight air an inflight

News goes ga-ga over year old MH370 news

Ben SandilandsJan 31, 20168 Comments

The News organisation definition of 'exclusive' when it comes to MH370 appears to be reporting news that is more than a year old.

Vanuatu to lose its last Aussie jet as Virgin leaves

Vanuatu to lose its last Aussie jet as Virgin leaves

Ben SandilandsJan 28, 201611 Comments

The failed state of Vanuatu's shoddy runway at the Bauerfield, Port Vila airport has finally become evident to Virgin Australia, which like Qantas and its main shareholder, Air New

Traffic chopper, Qantas, Virgin 737s get too close over Melbourne

Traffic chopper, Qantas, Virgin 737s get too close over Melbourne

Ben SandilandsJan 27, 20163 Comments

Updated* Australia Day could have started (and ended) badly for two passenger jets with more than 300 seats and a traffic chopper near Melbourne airport on Tuesday.

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