From: Bradg@io.org (Bradg Gillies) Organization: Internex Online, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (416 363 3783) Date: 22 Jan 96 04:40:38 References: 1 2 Followups: 1 2
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I work on both Boeings and Airbusses on a regulsar basis. The Airbus, forthe most part is easier to work on than the Boeing. Boeing haas a way of making the aircraft unfriendly to the Mechanics. I hope this has changed with the 777. I still prefer the philosophy of Boeing over Airbus, Give the pilot the final say. I like computers and automation of some of the systems on the aircraft but I also like the pilot to overide the automated systems as well. Example: Airbus A320 has to make an emergency go around to avoid collision on runway. THe pilot pushes the throttles to the stops and the computer determines the amount of thrust developed (required). The computer cannot see the situation and keeps all parameters within SAFE limits. This does not always result in the desired ooutcome. Boeing aircraft same scenario. Pilot overides computer pushes throttles to the stops. Engine develops 115% power. The plane THerefore evades the problem faster and sacrifices the engines to save the plane. Don't get me wrong the engines will work just fine at that power setting for a few minutes and will get them home. That is jus one way I think boeing has done beter over Airbus. Let the pilot have the final say. Just one mans opinion. If it aint a Boing I aint Going.