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Capt Sullenberger lessons from AF447Four years after Air France Flight 447 disappeared over the Atlantic Ocean, experts have pieced together what they believe happened on board the airliner that June evening. (www.cbsnews.com) More...
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... one simple change in the software that Airbus uses could have fixed this. And that change would be that both of the sidesticks react to any inputs made. If the copilot pulls back on his stick, the captains stick reflects the same movement. If both sticks relayed the input from each other, the guy in the left seat would have known imediately what the guy in the right seat was doing. In Boeing aircraft you KNOW exactly what each other are doing with the controls.
I agree with you with one minor over site. Software upgrade, but will probably require hardware upgrade as well. The joysticks must have some sort of force feedback to actually actuate the stick. I am not sure if that is part of the system at this time.
For those interested what happened on flight 447 , you can watch Mayday episode here:
Exactly Christian...nobody was on the same page. Disregarding the stall warning...the pitot tube was absolutely operating. The stall warning was going off over 4 minutes and sounding 75 times?? If you have a "Stall Warning" why would a one pull back on the stick?? I don't get it...and it is truely unfortunate.
Actually it wasn’t that simple; the stall warning stopped whenever they were below a certain forward speed because system logic said the airplane can’t be airborne. Whenever they lowered the nose and the speed increased above that threshold the stall warning came on again. Very confusing if you neglect your pitch attitude and thrust (they had full TOGA thrust all the way down)..
Well, part of all the personnel part goes to the Captain for not leaving a clear "IN CHARGE" when he left the cockpit, OR, maybe he did and left Jr. in charge. It is interesting. In all defense of the young guy., while a serious error, he apparently was qualified or he would not have been there in the 1st place. Reference is made to TT and not time in type. Doesn't change anything but just sayin'.
Sorry this is A VERY BIG problem for Airbus, no way around it.
But who lets the low time pilot take command when you've lost all your
pitot tubes, flying in a storm, and without the auto pilot???
Sorry the real blame goes to the senior co-pilot in the left seat, for not assuming command, and the failure of ANY real CRM skills,.. . never even discissing the reason for the stall horn... the Airbus auto trim also comes into question.. once he set the attitude it was over. THE aircraft itself, the Pilots, and failure to communciate,... in that Order,