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

From:         gman@bu.edu (George Mantis)
Organization: Boston University
Date:         17 May 95 01:06:22 
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Thornton Shepherd (tshepherd@med-med1.bu.edu) wrote:

: As the Boeing 777 prepares to enter service, I've been reading alot about the
: differences in philosophy behind the fly-by-wire concepts at  Boeing and Airbus.
: The more I read, the more I start to feel that Airbus may have gotten it wrong.
: Does anyone have thoughts on this.

Airbus definitely gives their FBW systems more "authority" than Boeing does
with theirs. The result: an awfully high number of Airbus crashes, due to
pilots that are either unsure of the autopilot's reaction, or the pilots
"fighting" the inputs of the autopilot. In short, I'd have to say they
definitely have it wrong. (I strongly suggest you read last week's AvWeek,
the Boeing 777 pilot's report - it discusses in great detail the 777's FBW
system, and the differences between it and Airbus aircraft).

: FYI:  Fly-by-wire types: A319/A320/A321, A330, A340, B777, Concorde, IL-96
: Are there any others?
The Boeing 747-400, 757, 767, and McDonnel-Douglas MD-11. The new MD-90 might
also be FBW, but I'm not sure.

Hope this helps.

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