Date: 18 Aug 98 01:04:24 From: "Charles Litzkow" <firstname.lastname@example.org> Organization: Subscriber of Pacific Internet, Singapore References: 1
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Darryl Morrison wrote in message ... >It seems like Airbus Aircraft are alot safer than Boeing aircraft. You >don't hear of FAA reccomendations concering Airbus... > >What do you guys think? I disagree. I've worked on Douglas(now Boeing), Boeing, and Airbus aircraft as a line mechanic and heavy maintenance mechanic. I believe Boeing builds a much better aircraft. As an avionics tech, I've found that Airbus tends to over-complicate systems in the name of progress. For instance, Airbus built in a system called ALTU (Automatic Light Testing Unit) which tests all the cockpit caution and warning lights to the degree that improper resistance in one lamp will cause a pause in the test to show that lamp needs to be changed. Each light assembly contains four lamps. Can't the crew just press test and see what's working? Airbus has initiated a cockpit scheme that essentially gives pilots a false security. Allowing the plane to scrutinize the aircraft rather than the pilot can lead to dangerous scenarios when certain systems fail. In regards to safety, I believe Boeing has a better recorded reliability rating than Airbus. In fact, here in Asia more accidents involving Airbus have occurred in the last eighteen months than have Boeing. Whether that was pilot related or aircraft related is still under investigation in many cases. Opinion only. Open to discussion.