From: Jean-Francois Mezei <MEZEI_JF@Eisner.DECUS.Org> Organization: Digital Equipment Computer Users Society Date: 15 Jun 95 14:25:24 References: 1 2 3 Followups: 1 2 3 4
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>If you recall the discussion leading up to that statement, you will no >doubt realize this argument is centering on the role of feel. If two >pilots grab the stick at the same time, how, precisely, are they to "feel" is a very important word here. Feelings can be tactile, aural, visual etc etc. Can anyone categorically state that on Airbus's 320, there is absolutely no feedback at all to tell the co-pilot (or pilot) that his joystick is not the active one ? Has anyone though that perhaps there might be a buzzer, or perhaps a big flash on the CRT or some other method to warn the pilot ? As well, perhaps the Airbus engineers decided that it was impossible to provide the complete feel to an electronic joystick and that another method would be best to give the pilot the feedback that is required. In other words, they may have decided that it would not be safe to give the pilot a false sense of feedback through the joystick when that sense could not represent all that was going on.