Re: A3XX vs B747-600 (was: Airbus lawsuit coming?)

From:         Art Intemann <ajintemann@earthlink.net>
Organization: Earthlink Network, Inc.
Date:         03 Sep 96 01:16:53 
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> Airbus claim that there is nothing revolutionary about the computerised
> flight control system on the A3XX. They point out that they have been
> steadily increasing the level of automation ever since Concorde.
> Certainly, the basic "fail safe" computer architecture was first proved
> on the A300/310 slat and flap control. I would say it is a racing
> certainty that the "fail safe" computer box will be the main building
> block in any future Airbus design, however the individual boxes are
> interconnected.
>

Interestinly enough, I believe the Airbus family has zoomed past the
DC-10 in terms of hull loss ratio.  "Fail-safe" computer boxes seem to
be a bit lacking....