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Ben Sandilands

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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The colossal stupidity of turning a publicly owned airport into a badly run private monopoly

The colossal stupidity of turning a publicly owned airport into a badly run private monopoly

Ben SandilandsMar 7, 2017

This is not just about Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane airports, but the mindset shared by the Coalition and Labor parties when it comes to short-term privatisation profits versus the economic future of Australia.

Three years on from MH370's disappearance, is the mystery now unsolvable?

Three years on from MH370's disappearance, is the mystery now unsolvable?

Ben SandilandsMar 7, 20174 Comments

The risk that MH370 might not be found until well after all of those alive today are dead, and its mystery thus irrelevant and forgotten, is very real.

Outta this world: space tourists to hitch a ride to the Moon

Outta this world: space tourists to hitch a ride to the Moon

Ben SandilandsMar 2, 20177 Comments

Is space the place to use paying passengers as flight testers? We may soon find out, with a manned mission to the far side of the Moon to include two amateur space tourists.

The airline that could kill off Australia's low-cost carriers

The airline that could kill off Australia's low-cost carriers

Ben SandilandsFeb 28, 20173 Comments

The airline Norwegian is shaking up the aviation industry, exploiting opportunities to do to established carriers what Qantas wanted to do years ago.

Essendon plane crash and the fatal consequences of profit before people

Essendon plane crash and the fatal consequences of profit before people

Ben SandilandsFeb 22, 20176 Comments

Should shopping centres be put so close to airport runways? Should anything?

Essendon plane crash the third fatal King Air B200 crash in Australia

Essendon plane crash the third fatal King Air B200 crash in Australia

Ben SandilandsFeb 21, 2017

Hard to hear the truth over the whine of Sydney airport's owners

Hard to hear the truth over the whine of Sydney airport's owners

Ben SandilandsFeb 20, 20177 Comments

The owners of Sydney Airport are demanding government money for Badgerys Creek, and they are trying to hold Sydney for ransom.

Search for MH370 abandoned, but the mystery endures

Search for MH370 abandoned, but the mystery endures

Ben SandilandsJan 18, 20172 Comments

If the authorities think the controversy over the loss of MH370 is over, they are seriously mistaken.

Is Australia's last Tiger heading for extinction?

Is Australia's last Tiger heading for extinction?

Ben SandilandsJan 17, 2017

Today, Virgin will fly an empty plane twice to Denpasar to pick up Tigerair passengers who have been, or might otherwise have become, the collateral damage in an ongoing disagreement with Jakarta's aviation regulators.

Badgerys Creek airport approval won't save you from commuter hell

Badgerys Creek airport approval won't save you from commuter hell

Ben SandilandsDec 12, 20164 Comments

Sydney's second airport was a no-brainer 10 years ago, but it will another decade before it opens.