Re: ETOPS Question

Date:         28 Sep 97 20:59:07 
From:         ae562@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Eric Thomas)
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C. Marin Faure (faurecm@halcyon.com) writes:
> In article <airliners.1997.2181@ohare.Chicago.COM>,
> "[non-spam]jfmezei"@videotron.ca wrote:

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>> Now, if the remaining engine fails, is it not rather pointless to
>> require the true backup electrical systems (battery and prop-turbine) to
>> operate for 180 minutes ?
>
> Yes, but you want your critical systems to continue operating so you can
> control the plane on the way down (like Air Canada's Gimli Glider).

Speaking of which, would a FBW Airbus (say an A320) have been able to
manage a "Gimli Glider" situation?   Do Airbuses have some sort of
battery back-up or air ram generator so that the computers driving
the control surfaces would be able to effectively work in a glide/no power
situation?