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‘The very definition of a good old fashioned reporter’: remembering Ben Sandilands

‘The very definition of a good old fashioned reporter’: remembering Ben Sandilands

The veteran journalist's career spanned more than half a century.

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

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

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.

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.

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 ...

The Joyce who cried wolf: Qantas’ mayday call examined

The Joyce who cried wolf: Qantas’ mayday call examined

Qantas lurches from one apparent crisis to another. But investors aren't particularly concerned. Is Alan Joyce just the CEO who keeps crying wolf? Our business editor examines the case.

Sabre shutdown hits Virgin Australia where it hurts

Sabre shutdown hits Virgin Australia where it hurts

Virgin Australia's Sabre booking system was only down for two hours yesterday, but it ground the entire network to a halt. Ben Sandilands explains why the system should be junked.

Ugly but functional: a simple solution for an Avalon airport rail link

Ugly but functional: a simple solution for an Avalon airport rail link

It's not flashy or revolutionary, but a light rail link is the best way to connect the Avalon Airport to Melbourne, writes Ben Sandilands.

Big planes out, small planes in: Air Austral scales back Indian Ocean route

Big planes out, small planes in: Air Austral scales back Indian Ocean route

Air Austral looks set to abandon plans for large-capacity planes flying between France and Noumea. The airline's idea was ahead of its time, writes Ben Sandilands.

Smart clothes and bone phones: Airbus looks at high-tech staff uniforms

Smart clothes and bone phones: Airbus looks at high-tech staff uniforms

A French industrial clothing company is working on wi-fi and bluetooth-enabled uniforms for Airbus staff. Ben Sandilands asks if these hyper-connected outfits could find new uses among civilians.

Virgin’s move on Tiger raises tough competition questions

Virgin’s move on Tiger raises tough competition questions

The ACCC has raised concerns about Virgin's possible move to buy up Tiger. Ben Sandilands looks at who is competing against whom in Australian aviation.