From: Bradg@io.org (Brad Gillies) Organization: Internex Online, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (416 363 3783) Date: 25 Jan 96 00:55:03
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I am a mechanic who works on Airbus A320 aircraft every day. I have seen some pretty scary snags and problems with the aircraft. There is no competition between Airbus and Boeing, Boeing is the more superior aircraft as far as safety goes. Airbus seems to have alot of trouble with things that boeing got right from the beginning. For instance Seals on the Hydraulic system Deteriorate long before they should causing leaks and failures. This can be a severe problem if it is left to go to the extreme, Which seems to happen alot in the industry. I'm sure you have all heard of the "unplanned excursion" syndrome on the airbus aircraft. This was all blamed on pilots and pilot error or unfamiliarity with the aircraft. I have personnally witnessed on 2 occasions, an A320 that would not land. The aircraft simply went TOGA and overshot, No explanation. I have also seen an airbus lose all of its ELAC and SEC computers which in effect leaves the aircraft with only Stab Trim and rudder controls. Flying the aircraft like this equates to driving your car on a skating rink with bald tires. Its not easy to do without making dents. Fortunately the pilot was taught this operation in the simulator and was able to land. I have never seen failures of this magnitude on any Boeing airliner and I have worked on most of them. Don't get me wrong, The Ideas Airbus haas are valid but I think the manufacturer cut corners in order to meet cost factors in the production of the aircraft. This can only lead to problems in operation which I woud surmise has been the case with most operators. Brad... These opinions are mine and mine alone. The operator of the above mentioned aircraft will remain anonymous for obvious reasons. I am not affiliated with Boeing, Airbus or any of their respective subsidiaries.