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User currently offlineB1C17L1011 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 96 posts, RR: 0
Posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1699 times:

I have noticed that the Airbus aircraft with the EIFS flightdeck do not have a traditional yoke as the boeing and MD planes do, they have a fighter style sidestick. For the Captain, it is on his left side. So, does this pose a challenge in developing left hand dexitarity for some aviators.

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User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 27
Reply 1, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1578 times:

A captain flying a plane with a conventional yoke only flies with his left hand anyway. The right hand is on the thrust levers.


User currently offlineMightyFalcon From Oman, joined Jun 2001, 384 posts, RR: 8
Reply 2, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 1565 times:

If challenge there is, it would be for the Flight Officer rather than the Captain (see JET's post above).

Having talked to lots of pilots flying A320/330/340, there's obviously no challenge at all as all of them say it's very easy and quick to get used to it.


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User currently offlineNotar520AC From United States of America, joined Jul 2001, 1606 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 1512 times:

I always prefer a yoke- I think joysticks are sensitive.


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User currently offlineA330 From Belgium, joined May 1999, 674 posts, RR: 7
Reply 4, posted (14 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 1506 times:

On Airliners, it is normal to have both hands on the classic yoke exept when managing the throttles.
But, on the FBW Airbus types (including the A330...), you indeed have a very nice little stick that you can compare a bit with a joystick, only it is MUCH more accurate. Let me assure you that after flying 5h in the sim, you are used to the new concept and you will like it. You also quickly adapt to the feeling of using your ''bad hand'' for controlling the FBW inputs (not the control surfaces!), The best thing though is that you can finally have a meal without the food falling all over your uniform, for the airbus has a nice folding table there where thew yoke used to stand...

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