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Airbus Aircraft

Fri Jul 20, 2001 3:52 pm

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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RE: Airbus Aircraft

Fri Jul 20, 2001 3:59 pm

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

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RE: Airbus Aircraft

Fri Jul 20, 2001 4:34 pm

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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Sun Jul 22, 2001 7:24 am

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

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RE: Airbus Aircraft

Sun Jul 22, 2001 9:10 pm

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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