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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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Labor consults map of western Sydney, makes revolutionary airport election promise

Ben SandilandsApr 22, 20162 Comments

Labor gets all the credit for committing to a 24-hour airport at Badgerys Creek -- which is a smart play, because geography means there are no neighbours to complain.

High-speed rail will destroy the bush, but we might need it anyway

Ben SandilandsApr 13, 2016

The issue of high-speed rail is not clear cut. Yes, we need it. But it will also destroy parts of rural Australia.

Why Elon Musk's rocket landing should worry the NBN

Ben SandilandsApr 11, 2016

Fibre to the node? Fibre to the premises? Pretty soon we might not need fibre at all.

Very little bang in Virgin's Boom

Very little bang in Virgin's Boom

Ben SandilandsMar 31, 2016

Richard Branson's new PR move, a supersonic airliner called Boom, is little more than pie in the sky.

MH370 conspiracy likely goes all the way to the top

Ben SandilandsMar 8, 20168 Comments

It is very likely that Malaysia Airlines and the Malaysian government knew much more than they are saying on that fateful night in 2014.

ABC story on airport ID checks just won't fly

ABC story on airport ID checks just won't fly

Ben SandilandsMar 2, 2016

ID checks for every single flyer will not make us safer. But it will make us less free.

The search for MH370 just got a whole lot more complicated

The search for MH370 just got a whole lot more complicated

Ben SandilandsFeb 18, 2016

If MH370 was flown into the ocean during a controlled glide, it could have travelled an extra 100 kilometres or more than we previously thought.

You're not safe from a bomb attack on a plane. But that's OK -- you're not safe anywhere

You're not safe from a bomb attack on a plane. But that's OK -- you're not safe anywhere

Ben SandilandsFeb 8, 20165 Comments

Should we worry about airport security in the wake of the Somalia plane bombing?

Breaking! Exclusive! (false, year-old) MH370 news

Breaking! Exclusive! (false, year-old) MH370 news

Ben SandilandsFeb 1, 2016

No news? No worries! Just republish false information from last year.

Like Netflix but for air travel? A disruptive (and maybe stupid) way to fly

Ben SandilandsJan 20, 2016

Will people pay more than $2000 a month for unlimited flights between Melbourne and Sydney?