From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean-Francois Mezei) Organization: DECUServe Date: 25 Jan 96 00:55:01 References: 1 2 3 4 5 Followups: 1
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>>I doubt it. As far as I know the control software for the A320/30/40 was >>written in the US by US companies, I know that Fokker jets use FMS software written by an american firm and the Fokker engineer I had spoken to told me that it was very common for all manufacturers to use that company. He said that contracting with such a company was about the same as contracting for flight simulators since you have to give them all of your plane's specs etc etc. Whether Airbus used that firm or not I am not sure. But it is not inconceivable that a non-Airbus firm actually wrote the software according to Airbus specs. And contrary to popular beleif, Airbus does not build all of its components. I know that Bombardier/Canadair builds some rather large Airbus components at its Mirabel plant (but can't remember off hand exactly which). (or at least, it did at one time).