Airbuses side stick improves crew comfort and control, but is there a hidden cost?
The Airbus FBW side stick flight control has vastly improved the comfort of aircrew flying the Airbus fleet, much as the original Airbus designers predicted (Corps, 188). But the implementation also expresses the Airbus approach to flight control laws and that companies implicit assumption about the way in which humans interact with automation and each other. Here the record is more problematic.
This post is part of the Airbus aircraft family and system safety thread.