Wed May 26, 1999 11:06 am
WEll, i would have to agree with that head member. I am Australian, but i have lived in Europe and have the europian blood in me. Regardless, the whole concept of a global market is that there is no barriers. And i still stand by my original comments about that attitude being an extreme double standard. Everybody wants to have their cake and eat it, but you can't, you have to chose one or the other. Politicians, well, they only dribble what ever people want to hear, so naturally, they too are going to complain when they can't have their cake and eat it too.
And as for pilots and side-stick controllers, well, i think its just a matter of what you are used to. I spoke to the pilots i know that are A320 type rated used to fly 727s and F28s. A long time ago, i asked that very question. My initial reaction was 'wouldn't it be strange flying with sidestick controllers", and they told me that everybody thinks that at first. After about a day in the sim, its second nature.
Also, i would like to take this opertunity to tell united946 and Johans that you are amoungst the most open minded americans i have herd from in a long time. You guys have the right attitude and its people like you who unfortunatly have to bear the 'sterotypes' from other americans being outright arrogant to the rest of the world. You two, and others like you, will go far with an open mind. Keep up the good work, try and teach the others to have an open mind and best of luck with what ever you chose to do in life.
And as for USAirways, well, i haven't heard the best things about this airline in the past. I am sure, though, if passengers who are loyal enough to stick with USAirways, experience the new 'changes' they will be impressed. I think it was very brave of USairways to take such a step, and, i commend them for it. I will also extend this to UAL and TWA for their recent dessions. And, i bet, once they realise the benifits of this system, they'll stick to it for a while. Its going to be a long time before boeing can offer the same, as it basically needs a complete new product range(with the exception of the 777) to offer all of the benifits airbus offers. Just how long will that take? A long time. If you want to have anger at someone, resulting basically from nationalistic ideals(i am talking about SOME americans here) be angry at boeing for not providing they same sorts of technology that airbus have on offer. If there is a loss of jobs in the USA, why is that, well, its because boeing didn't sell enough. Who's fault is that, well, it's boeings. It design its product, nobody else. The attitude that you should just 'put up' with what is produced in your own country if you feel its not as good, is exactly what lead to designs like the Tu-134, or the Tu-154, which happily burns away about double what a 727 does, which is in turn almost double what an A320 burns. Think about it!