Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21346 posts, RR: 54 Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 3589 times:
The most-overlooked difference between (at least the Airbus implementation of) sidestick control and yoke control is the control logic. The visible hardware is by far the least important aspect of it.
And it would be rather expensive to certify two fundamentally different control philosophies for the same airframe, so neither Airbus nor Boeing should be expected to ever offer both conventional deflection-proportional logic (with yoke) and abstracted force-control logic (with sidestick) alternatively.
Boeing might switch at some time in the future, but apparently they´re not there yet.
N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8035 posts, RR: 25 Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3309 times:
Yeah, it does free up a little more space but... I dunno.. I can just see there being a problem and me using 2 hands to yank a tiny stick 2 inches versus actually being able to use 2 hands and have so much more travel and feeling for control. I know it doesn't make a difference as far as actual force being exerted on the control surfaces but, at least I could feel like I'm doing some good versus playing a video game. It's just a better feeling of control to be able to put 2 hands on a yoke if needbe.
Klaus From Germany, joined Jul 2001, 21346 posts, RR: 54 Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3298 times:
I think you´re missing the point: The sidestick is not a 1:1 replacement for a yoke; It´s just a superficial difference on top of a very different flight control logic with a significant number of differences between the two.
The mechanical interface doesn´t say more about the control logic than the form of the mouse you´re using could tell about the applications on your computer.