The only problem with being an Airbus hater is, if that person goes on to actually fly an Airbus, there's a 99% probability they're going to have to take back just about anything and everything bad they'd said about the thing.
It's not that the pilot Airbus supporters here or anywhere are that infatuated with it. It's an airplane. It's just that you really can't find that much wrong with it, yet it's a 30 year old design.
Since then, have any group of civil aviation engineers been as forward thinking and revolutionary as the designers of this thing must have been?
Eh, like I always say, that depends upon the discussion. If we’re sitting around talking about sports, yeah, I won’t be saying much and just sipping my scotch. Bring up politics, though, and that’s s different story.
See, this agrees with what I think about the Airbus.
I'm not an Airbus nerd infatuated with the thing. But they have the competition beat in many ways.
Would they design the thrust levers to move if they designed it from scratch today and Airbus family commonality wasn't an issue? Sure, they might. Maybe linked side sticks, too.
They might change around the FMS a little, who knows. Although what I read above seems to be the type of the FMS box as much as anything else.
Would they design the plane to overspeed instead of going above the flight path, if the pilot has failed to notice that the speed is at the +20 knots side of the bracket, and still has not added any drag? I really don't know about this one, I think it's fine as-is.
But what I don't hear people saying about the Airbus is stuff like:
"My back problems that had gone away ten years ago came back, I see a chiropractor sometimes after a trip."
"My suitcase is in the first/coach bulkhead closet behind all the flight attendant bags, just go ahead and I'll see you at our next gate."
"Would you hand me the logbook please, I'm going to eat."
"These fans are so loud, I wish we had a hot mic."
"There's no air coming out of this thing, what weak packs . . . "
"Yeah it's a good jet, but a little more legroom would be nice."
"Last week we had a guy in the second jumpseat for a three hour flight, and upon arrival he collapsed on his way up the jetbridge."
"Sorry but we only have one jumpseat, and no luggage space even for that one."
Autothrottles that provide no tactile or visual indication of their moving.
No tactile feedback on the stick.
Dual control inputs that average each other out.
Different "laws" that behave differently than normal airplanes.
Damn ATN, you're such a hater but it's only because you're a purest. If you had your way Delta would be the only AIR LINE and the 9 would be the only airplane. That said, as much as I hate your opinion ( because you're open to nothing ) I honestly respect it.