Re: FLY-BY-WIRE (AIRBUS vs. BOEING)

From:         Pete Mellor <pm@csr.city.ac.uk>
Date:         17 Jul 95 04:29:38 
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Stop me if you've heard this one before, but ...

rdd@netcom.com (Robert Dorsett) writes on Thu Jun 22 12:21:24 1995:-

> A control column is that big heavy thing with the "Y" yoke on top, that
> is situated between each pilot's legs.
>
> A sidestick is a small handgrip situated on each sidewall of the airplane.

Q: Why does the A320 have a sidestick and not a control column?

A: So that, when the Flight Control System software goes down, the pilot
   has room to bend forward and kiss his ass goodbye!

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