Re: Airbus - fly by wire

From: (Robert Dorsett)
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Date:         07 Jul 95 14:26:25 
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In article <airliners.1995.930@ohare.Chicago.COM> writes:
>The facts speak loudly:
>	- most pilots flying the A320 et al, can't wait to return to
>	  'normal' aircraft.

I don't think that's true.  The A320 is a new airplane, it's pretty, and
it's easy to fly, once one has been suitably indoctrinated.  If pilots wish
to leave it, it's probably just part of natural career progression (wasn't
it Wiener who noted the average time in type for a 757 pilot was 18 months)?

The issues revolve around management issues and authority issues: how easy
is it to fly when the shit hits the fan?  Despite feeling good, how aware are
pilots of flight management modes?  How reliable is the flight control
software? That sort of thing.  Many of these issues also relate to other
modern aircraft, but the A320/30/40 suffer from them more.  "Why" is what
we should be debating.

Robert Dorsett                         Moderator, sci.aeronautics.simulation