Date: 28 Sep 97 20:59:07 From: ae562@FreeNet.Carleton.CA (Eric Thomas) Organization: The National Capital FreeNet References: 1 2 3 4 Followups: 1 2 3 4 5
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C. Marin Faure (firstname.lastname@example.org) writes: > In article <airliners.1997.2181@ohare.Chicago.COM>, > "[non-spam]jfmezei"@videotron.ca wrote: (EDITED) >> 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?