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Vale Ben Sandilands, renowned aviation journalist and Crikey blogger

Vale Ben Sandilands, renowned aviation journalist and Crikey blogger

Crikey's aviation blogger Ben Sandilands passed away on Friday after a long illness.

Jetstar scores high in managing assets, but product?

Jetstar scores high in managing assets, but product?

Jetstar shows it knows how to conjure up extra jets worth of capacity for nothing, but at very personal customer cost

Best wishes for the well seasoned

Best wishes for the well seasoned

2013 has taught this slow learner not to make any predictions for 2014. However for those who have travelled with Plane Talking and offered their thoughts, criticisms, and always valued insights please accept my thanks and very best wishes for the holiday season. It’s been a good discussion.

787 Live: A bold, beautiful and not a little brave display

787 Live: A bold, beautiful and not a little brave display

Boeing has come up with a stunning, beautiful and perhaps a little bit brave  787 Dreamliner Flight Tracker which follows in real time through Flightaware and overlaid on Google Earth every Dreamliner in the skies.

What scandal? Qantas director quits

What scandal? Qantas director quits

The Corinne Namblard controversy at Qantas has ended with her resignation.

Dreamliner: Japan admits 'easing' standards to 'help' Boeing

Dreamliner: Japan admits 'easing' standards to 'help' Boeing

The rotten governmental oversight of Japan's nuclear industry before Fukushima may have been visited on the country's involvement in the 787 project, as a key official admits a deliberate easing of safety requirements

Signs of failure at AFR grow

Signs of failure at AFR grow

As a keen but increasingly troubled reader of the AFR this morning’s contribution to the search for a 2nd Sydney Airport site saga suggests severe quality failures at the paper.

Dreamliner 787: Management issues add to technical failures

Dreamliner 787: Management issues add to technical failures

While the integrity of the electrical systems and lithium ion batteries on 787 Dreamliners remain centre stage the failures of management at Boeing and public administration at the FAA are increasingly difficult to avoid

<em>Plain talking</em> about Dick Smith and censorship

Plain talking about Dick Smith and censorship

Dick Smith and the writer have disagreed about almost everything since we became friends, and rivals, as rock climbers in the 1960s, after being part of successive attempts on Balls Pyramid near Lord Howe Island. But the prime time censorship of his Australia Day ‘Dick Smith Foods’ TV commercial is ridiculous and creepy. You can […]

<em>Emirates</em>: Adding 3xA380s 2x777s this month <em>Qatar</em> : 787s from Feb

Emirates: Adding 3xA380s 2x777s this month Qatar : 787s from Feb

Emirates and Qatar issue more bragging rights PR, but they do have some points to score