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What happens if a pilot dies mid-flight?

What happens if a pilot dies mid-flight?

There are two pilots in a cockpit for a reason.

Why we need two people in a cockpit at all times (not because of terror threats)

Why we need two people in a cockpit at all times (not because of terror threats)

The probability of a cockpit medical emergency is much higher than an attempt by terrorists to storm a cockpit.

TransAsia crash raises uncomfortable truths about air safety

TransAsia crash raises uncomfortable truths about air safety

The February 4 crash of a TransAsia ATR turbo-prop into a river near Taipei is not "just another unfortunate turbo-prop crash". It has wide-ranging implications for Taiwanese air safety.

Think your arse is 100% safe in a Dreamliner? You’re dreaming

Think your arse is 100% safe in a Dreamliner? You’re dreaming

The good news is that Dreamliners aren't totally unsafe -- at least not more so than any other jet. But they aren't exactly a neurotic's dream either.

An aviation guru’s 2014 predictions

An aviation guru’s 2014 predictions

A new runway in Antarctica, and a go-ahead for a second Sydney airport. Qantas will sort itself out, but air travel will get more costly and unpleasant this year. Ben Sandilands gets out the crystal ball ...

US rehabilities Israeli air safety, a lesson for Australia

US rehabilities Israeli air safety, a lesson for Australia

The US Federal Aviation Agency's rehabilitation of Israel as a Level 1 state in relation to air safety ought to be read as the clearest of warnings to Australia to get its act together without delay, writes Ben Sandilands.

Cockpit shambles before impact that killed hundreds

Cockpit shambles before impact that killed hundreds

Relief pilot in cockpit of doomed Air France flight AF447 left his seat in a lounge position locked back away from the controls for the entire sequence of events that killed all 228 people on the Airbus in 2009, reports Ben Sandilands.

Qantas to shrink but refurbish 767 fleet

Qantas to shrink but refurbish 767 fleet

Qantas has confirmed the departure of seven of its 23 aging Boeing 767-300ER jets in a refurbishment program. The original use-by dates for the 767 was 2010, writes Ben Sandilands.

Jetstar says breaking altitude minimum not dangerous

Jetstar says breaking altitude minimum not dangerous

Jetstar continues to use the language of denial in relation to its persistent commission of safety breaches and the latest known incident in Queenstown, New Zealand, writes Ben Sandilands.

Saddle seating non-story

Saddle seating non-story

The use of standing room or saddle seating cabins to boost low fare passenger numbers in operations like Ryanair is one of those stories that keeps finding a gullible media, writes Ben Sandilands.