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Time, motion, airports and public transport synergies

Ben SandilandsDec 2, 20083 Comments

The difference between Australia's airlines and Anthony Albanese is that they want a second airport 'in' Sydney and as outlined in the Aviation Green Paper released today, he is searchi

The airports Sydney never built

Ben SandilandsDec 2, 20081 Comment

Transport and Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese needs to be cautioned that his renewal of the quest for a second airport for Sydney has been a magnet for raving lunatics for deca

'Black vomit nut' promises cleaner, greener skies

'Black vomit nut' promises cleaner, greener skies

Ben SandilandsDec 1, 20082 Comments

The Jatropha family of shrubs gets a bad rap in some parts of the world where it is known as 'black vomit nut'. In Australia where it's a declared weed it's called 'bellyache bush', and

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Two tickets from London for every passenger?

Ben SandilandsDec 1, 2008

A UK airline has responded in a background note to the recent post about the new Air Passenger Duty charges and how they will rob Qantas to pay Emirates. It says the UK government ch

The Sunday afternoon Qantas barbie

Ben SandilandsNov 30, 2008

There have been two image threatening Qantas 'crises' today. At least. Both in Brisbane. QF 168, a 767-300 from Tokyo via Cairns arrived with emergency services on more than their us

UK govt robs Qantas to 'pay' Emirates

Ben SandilandsNov 26, 20083 Comments

The doctrinaire, dare I suggest dishonest, approach of the UK government to adding taxes to air travel to 'save the environment' comes with some bizarre consequences. Chancellor of t

Flying ourselves into extinction?

Ben SandilandsNov 25, 2008

Is our taste (make that former taste given the state of the economy) for cheap flights flying our species into extinction? Or is the demonisation of air travel just another shallow exer

787 production frozen

Ben SandilandsNov 25, 2008

Ever since sitting in the 787 Dreamliner full scale mock up in Seattle in 2005 I've been infatuated with, and increasingly frustrated by, the delays to the development of this aircraft.

Qantas in a flap again

Ben SandilandsNov 23, 20082 Comments

The ugly news photos of a jammed leading edge flap on an aged Qantas 747-300 that was about to take off for a trans Tasman flight from Sydney on Saturday are another exhibit in the ca

Does the NSW govt want country fliers to 'Get lost'?

Ben SandilandsNov 21, 20083 Comments

The NSW Government is looking for a new regional airline to replace the cancelled REX Airlink services. The fundamental questions are being overlooked amid all the hand wringing.

CASA issues urgent directive to A330 pilots

Ben SandilandsNov 20, 20081 Comment

The Civil Aviation Safety Authority has just issued an urgent airworthiness directive affecting all 2

Tiger and 'free fares'. The numbers look bad

Ben SandilandsNov 19, 20081 Comment

Tiger can't give away free seats, or get free publicity, in these hard times, as reported in Crikey today. In 'good times' this is how 'free' or 'nearly free' fares are supposed to w

787 wing box video is up, but early performance claim is down

Ben SandilandsNov 19, 20087 Comments

The video of the destructive testing of the Dreamliner wing has been posted by Boeing. While the failure load

Dreamliner wings: Half broken or half fixed?

Ben SandilandsNov 17, 2008

Boeing isn't revealing more about the destructive testing of the wing box of the 787 Dreamliner until Tuesday US time. Video highlights will be then posted. The editing process seems to

Breaking news, Dreamliner wing box snaps

Breaking news, Dreamliner wing box snaps

Ben SandilandsNov 16, 2008

This is the first picture of the broken wing box on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner which has been tested to destruction in Everett near Seattle.

Out of control commentaries

Ben SandilandsNov 16, 2008

Plane Talking is starting a blog roll that includes 'out of control' commentaries that can be found in sites that will lead you to the sometimes gritty candid videos of YouTube or at o

For the love of airports

Ben SandilandsNov 16, 2008

It is getting harder to like airports. Leaping out of a logistics blog in the UAE was an

Speechless in Seattle

Ben SandilandsNov 15, 2008

Boeing has announced 'adjustments' to the delivery dates for the 748 freighter and 748i passenger jet, both of them the final models of their type in the long history of the 747. The

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