Re: Habsheim accident (was: Re: Airbus Safer?)

Date:         09 Sep 98 04:12:21 
From: (PS2727)
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If I am flying at 30 ft and high AOA and want to "go around" I would add
power and pull up, expecting the elevators to go up and engines to
accelerate. From what I understand about the A320 control systems this
is not necessarily what happens in all cases. Engine spool up is not the
problem it has been made out to be because it really only comes into
play when asking for max power when starting at idle. Its hard for me to
believe a fly by at 30 ft could be made at idle power.

I suspect the pilot tried to extricate himself from a rapidly
deteriorating situation by reverting to his instincts, pulling up and
firewalling throttles, which obviosly was not the correct inputs. This
whole event highlights the problems of incorporating high tech into line
operations. Perhaps desingners need to allow for the fact that pilots,
when faced with a crisis, will revert to traditional methods.