Monday, September 28, 2009

[airbus] here we go yet again

This blog has many articles on Airbus safety - that it is inherently and for quite valid reasons, unsafe. The last post is here and if you enter "Airbus" in the Blogger site search, you can see the other posts too.

Anonymous [appropriate, yes, for one throwing in the ad hominem] commented on the last post, on 25 September 2009:

Following your childish trend:

Maybe, the US corp. Goodrich has yet to learn how to make proper pitot tubes? "The European Aviation Safety Agency has issued a safety warning for air speed sensors that are made by Goodrich Corp. and fitted on many Airbus jets — just two weeks after advising airlines to use them instead of instruments made by Thales SA".

The problems of the Airbus had already been mentioned:

... and also here.

So just how childish have I been on Airbus? My reply is in this report today:

A Singapore Airlines A380 was forced to turn round mid-flight and head back to Paris on Sunday after one of its four engines failed, the head of the airline's French operations said.

Quite childish, yes.


angus said...

I have an inherent mistrust of any plane that does not have the controls physically attached to the control surfaces-the 320 onwards.

From the Airbus site:

"Airbus has been built on its ability to draw on the best of Europe and develop innovative products in anticipation of market needs. Airbus employees – engineers, pilots, salesmen, marketers, managers, technicians or workers on the production lines – always have been driven by a spirit of innovation and passion for aeronautics.

To safeguard this technology leadership position and to ensure its global competitiveness, Airbus relies on its ability to innovate and build the world’s most efficient aircraft. Today, Airbus 2020 sets the path for a huge R&T programme over the next 20 years, which will ensure that innovation remains at the heart of Airbus development.

Airbus’ vision for 2020 is to be a top-performing enterprise building the world’s best aircraft to its customers."

So why do they keep falling out of the sky then?

Pavlov's Cat said...

I can't comment on the safety aspect, but it does seem worrisome.

However I've alwasy disliked flying in Airbuses, they seem badly laid out, feel 'cramped' and uncomfortable compared to Boeings.

Also ( correct me if I'm wrong) I recall many years ago seeing a programme about their development saying they can't glide for shit if the engines go out and the avionics computer can override the pilot if he attempts any violent manouvere ( such as trying to save the plane)

Lord Nazh said...

OT James but:

you're new link ( is giving me a 404 error today.

It worked fine until this morning

xlbrl said...

"Airbus has been built on its ability to draw on the best of Europe and develop innovative products in anticipation of market needs."

So describes Boeing and everybody else. Sounds like an apparatchik to me.

I don't know anything about airplanes, or airplane saftey. I do know a little about drunken pilots, and a bit more about things that are designed by COMMITTEE. Not good.

thebeautyinsiders said...

I dont have much information about the airbus. I just knw one thing they are very huge. I prefer Boeings instead of Airbus...