AirxLiban From Lebanon, joined Oct 2003, 4511 posts, RR: 53 Posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2990 times:
I have written a research paper of 18 pages double spaced on the topic of the human factors of Airbus' and Boeing's aircraft control philosophies...includes such topics as Airbus' envelope of safety, boeing's stick shaker, fly by wire, etc.
If you are someone in the field and if you are willing to read it and give constructive feedback on it then that would much appreciated.
Buzz From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 697 posts, RR: 21
Reply 2, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 2729 times:
Hi AirxLiban, Buzz here. I've been able to compare Boeings and A320's from a Wrench-bender's point of view. I haven't compared the guts of the flight control system, and i don't fly them. But several years ago we started a list of differences between the 737's which we know fairly well and the A320's which were new and novel, and confusing. I can send it you way if you'd like.
It's not uncommon for flight crews to make the last minute radio call to "make that ECAM message go away so we can fly". It takes a while to learn what the airplane is complaining about.
Buzz Fuselsausage:LIne Mechanic by night, DC-3 Crew Chief by choice, taildragger pilot for fun.
SlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 2613 times:
It is going to be very difficult to get a qualitative comparison between the human factors of Airbus versus Boeing. It is rather subjective and all pilots arrive on the flight deck of Airbus and Boeing products by way of a long string of smaller airplanes from their first trainer to their most recent ride. We develop preferences along the way.
Over about a five year span I qualified in Boeing, Airbus, Boeing, Airbus (different models) in that order. I have a complete picture of the differences, but I'm not sure I can state flat-out that this is better than that.
For example, I much prefer the Airbus (talking about FBW models here) flight deck as a work environment. It is clean, uncluttered, simple.
On the other hand when I am flying an Airbus I notice that everything I can see is cheap. I see the seats and the interior falling apart in a four year old airplane and I ponder seriously whether the wing might fall off in light turbulence. Such a lack of confidence in the machine surely must be a human factor.
Anyway, good luck with your paper AirxLiban it is a good topic and there is still work to be done in that field. Sorry I cannot offer any substantive help.
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Bsergonomics From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2002, 462 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (9 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 2539 times:
I can take a look if you wish.
However, please note that my experience is with military aircraft and I have almost no knowledge of Boeing and Airbus cockpits. However, if you would like me to take a look at it from the Human Factors perspective, feel free to send me a copy (no more than 3mB, though).
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