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CASA director of safety Skidmore resigns after less than two years

CASA director of safety Skidmore resigns after less than two years

Ben SandilandsAug 25, 201612 Comments

If Australia wants to retain its international safety level at top rating, the Government will need to act promptly to remedy issues in CASA

ATSB new MH370 search initiatives include tracking replica flaperons

Ben SandilandsAug 19, 20164 Comments

The ATSB has made some potentially major disclosures about a section of MH370's wing and the future of a search for the missing airliner in foreign news reports

ATSB takes three years to investigate pushback bingle

ATSB takes three years to investigate pushback bingle

Ben SandilandsAug 18, 20164 Comments

Australia's safety investigator exhaustively concludes that airlines need to keep a sharp lookout while reversing their jets. Really? Yes.

Why airlines might really hit the wall in the near future

Why airlines might really hit the wall in the near future

Ben SandilandsAug 13, 20164 Comments

A skills crisis waits in ambush for air travel, and importing skilled workers isn't going to be the answer it is in some places today

Near miss, and attempt to shoot the messenger, add to doubts about ATSB performance

Ben SandilandsJul 29, 201612 Comments

The ATSB is there to make flying safer in Australia, not to bury or avoid matters that may embarrass the airlines and their regulator and air traffic services provider

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, 201612 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

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