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.


Climate change could be making in-flight turbulence a whole lot worse

October 10, 2017

Increasing air temperatures, attributable to climate change, mean more violent and harmful air turbulence, a new report has found.

What Cassini will show us on its suicide mission to Saturn

September 15, 2017 1

What will we learn about Saturn from Cassini's doomed mission?

Should Australia start searching for MH370 again?

August 17, 2017 3

Will the need for a resumed MH370 search receive attention from an Australian government in crisis, even with long awaited new information on satellite imagery and drift analyses?

Yes, the ‘Widowmaker’ Osprey aircraft is dangerous — to its pilots and crew

August 8, 2017 8

The Osprey would never meet any of the civilian safety and certification standards of an aircraft anywhere in the world. That doesn't mean we should ban it from flying over Australia.

Three years on from MH17, the real culprits (not Russia) have never been held responsible

July 14, 2017 22

Politicians like to huff and puff about Russian involvement in the downing of MH17, but it is Malaysia Airlines that should be held responsible.

Trump retreats from airplane laptop ban, not that you’d read about it

June 30, 2017 1

The original bans, enacted late in March, claimed there was an imminent risk of micro amounts of explosive material being carried on board flights in the likes of iPhones and popular tablets.

Why didn’t that AirAsia plane land immediately, instead of going back to Perth?

June 26, 2017 11

Did the AirAsia X plane really land as quickly as it could once it discovered it had engine trouble?

Airbus might have found a way to reverse Howard’s uncomfortable legacy

May 24, 2017

Press gallery journalists will be singing Airbus' praises if the company pulls this off.

Trump brains trust might be rethinking laptop ban on US-bound flights

May 19, 2017

Reports suggest Trump's anti-terrorism stance on passenger personal devices to US-bound flights may change.

Could Badgerys Creek airport be built cheaper and faster? One man thinks so.

May 10, 2017 2

The man behind the Wellcamp Airport says Badgerys Creek could be open after three years of hard but determined work, and for a fraction of the money.