From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean-Francois Mezei) Organization: DECUServe Date: 30 Jun 95 03:47:16 References: 1 2 3 4 Followups: 1 2
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> 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. > I prefer the term "sidestick". I had visions of a "joystick" the size of a video game's in front of the pilot :-) Seriously though, a picture, purpotedly on an Airbus 320 cockpit, shows some contraption that looks awfully similar to your description of the "control column with the Y yoke". As well, I can see (not clearly) what looks like that sidestick on the side of of the chair. Could the 320 have both ? Or are those steering columns there only for the show ? If it has both, under what circumstances would a pilot use one over the other ?