Re: REVIEW of _FMC User's Guide_

From: (Robert Dorsett)
Organization: Capital Area Central Texas UNIX Society, Austin, Tx
Date:         20 Dec 92 16:08:03 CST
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In article <airliners.1992.178@ohare.Chicago.COM> you write:
>> The book is oriented around the Smiths Industries FMS, in use on the 737, 
>> but the author explicitly addresses differences and similarities with the 
>> Honeywell lineage, which is in use on more types of airplanes.
>The phrase "more types" more correctly should be "all other types" since
>the FMS on all commercial transport airplanes except the 737 are Honeywell's.

Good point!

>However, saying that there is a lineage is a bit strong.  Being a
>modern customer driven company 8^), we build the FMS that the airframer
>wants.  That is why on over half the flights where I fly the A320 jump
>seat, the pilots ask me why the A320 FMS is not as good as the Boeing
>versions.  And the answer is -- "That is the way Airbus wanted it."

The author notes that there are two major "baselines": one Boeing, the
other "European," which he lumps the MD-11, Fokker, and Airbus aircraft
into.  He explicitly notes that he's describing the Boeing baseline.

Robert Dorsett!!rdd