Date: 06 Jan 97 01:41:45 From: jfmezei <email@example.com> Organization: SPC References: 1 2 3 4 5 Followups: 1 2 3 4
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Peter Ashwood-Smith wrote: > I also find the lack of feedback in Airbus systems to be a > poor design choice. So much useful information can be obtained > by the feel of the controls the only reason I can think of for > eliminating it is weight/cost savings. LACK OF FEEDBACK ????????? We've gone through this one before. This is utterly false. Airbus provides DIFFERENT feedback than Boeing does. Boeing simulates mechanical feedback on the controls while Airbus provides more complete information on its screens as well as audible feedback. You can gain much more USEFUL information from the displays which give you real and accurate measures, as opposed to "what you *feel* when you move the wheel". The one area where there seem to be complaints is the throttle on Airbus not matching any changes made by the computer. Do pilots leave their hands on the throttle throughout the flight to notice if engine throttle is being changed by the computer ? >From my point of view, I have no problem on MS Flight simulator looking at the screen to see what my throttle is at and pressing certain keys to increase/decrease it to the levels I want. This way I keep my eyes on the main display. Perhaps this is how it is done on the Airbus with actual and precise throttle indication displayed on the pilots main screen with the physical actuator acting like a glorified "+" and "-" keyboard keys to increase/decrease throttle till it gets to the desired value as displayed on the screen.