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  • efiste2
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    • Aug 2007
    • 369

    A380 Pilot controls

    Apologies for the lamens question, but watching a little of the A380 on TV, I dont see any hand controls (stick etc etc) for the pilot......Have I missed something ? or do the retract during level flying/cruising
  • Mr Merry
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2013
    • 919

    #2
    It's a joy stick to the captains left.

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    • mrtotty
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Mar 2008
      • 1062

      #3
      All Airbuses are the same.

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      • garryrussell
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jun 2008
        • 656

        #4
        Not the early ones A.300/310...they had conventional yokes.

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        • mrtotty
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Mar 2008
          • 1062

          #5
          Oh, right. I didn't know that.

          I think I'd prefer a yoke if I was a commercial airline pilot.

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          • garryrussell
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jun 2008
            • 656

            #6
            I imagine I would too...seems better to have something in front of you to fold with two hands

            The Captain is flying left handed and I can't imagine that being comfortable.

            But it seems it's OK as we don't hear about it.
            Last edited by garryrussell; 26th June 2013, 23:12.

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            • nJayM
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Jun 2008
              • 1687

              #7
              By this reckoning - "All Airbus Captains (sans A300/310s) are LEFTIES"
              Jay

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              • symon
                Planoholic
                • Oct 2005
                • 1011

                #8
                To be honest, most flying of GA aircraft (which is where all pilots start) is conducted left handed anyway. Left hand on the control column and right hand on the throttle. If anything, it would be the co-pilot that may feel uncomfortable.
                Sy

                Everybody makes mistakes, that's why they put erasers on the ends of pencils.

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                • mrtotty
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Mar 2008
                  • 1062

                  #9
                  Flying left-handed must be easy.

                  I don't have any trouble driving left-hand-drive cars.

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                  • Deano
                    Moderator
                    • Aug 2003
                    • 3098

                    #10
                    It takes about 6hrs in a simulator to be fully comfortable with swapping from right to left seat and visa versa. It really isn't a big deal and it really isn't a big deal whether it's a conventional yoke or a sidestick. The issue is getting used to the Airbus' control laws, that's a different kettle of fish altogether
                    http://www.findmadeleine.com

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                    • 27vet
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Nov 2009
                      • 2698

                      #11
                      Absolutely correct Deano! And I personally believe that philosophy contributed to the AF447 and Afriquiyah accidents. With standard yokes there can be no doubt as to who is doing what and who has control.
                      sigpicHindsight is what you see from the tailgunner's position...

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