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FAA to Airbus: Install rudder warning after fatal crash

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3:08PM EST November 19. 2012 - The Federal Aviation Administration has ordered aircraft maker Airbus to update the rudder systems on 215 of its planes because of a fatal 2001 crash, but some industry officials question the remedy, and safety experts wonder why it took so long. ( Mais...

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Pileits 2
In my opinion its all about the seven European countries who fund Airbus avoiding legal responsibility issues. The poorly designed rudder control issue isn't even addressed in this AD, so the root problem remains.
Airbus aircraft funding being shared by many western European nations is loath to accept responsibility for any design flaws from Airbus as it could have direct financial impact on those nations.

ALL past or future Airbus fatal crashes will always be blamed on pilot error as those nations who all share a portion of Airbus would rather choke then admit responsibility in poor aircraft design.
To bad so many more people have to die before Airbus will admit their aircraft are poorly designed. AirFrance 447 being the perfect example of avoiding the root cause of the crash.
Claiming pilot error as the cause of a fatal crash is always easier because dead pilots are unable to defend themselves.

After having flown the left seat of Airbus aircraft for thousands of hours I was never more pleased to get myself OUT of the Airbus and back into a Boeing.

Those of you who want to now "flame" me have at it, I have a right to my opinion and you have a right to yours. I'll enjoy the entertainment.
preacher1 2
Well, old man, if anyone flames you, it looks like they'll have to get all of us. I was blessed with Boeing for my entire 135 career and never had the "pleasure" of typing in a Bus. That said, as this was 11 years ago, afew thoughts come to mind. I thought they had identified that rudder problem and developed a stop and/or the extra training for it as well. But what really concerns me and brings out the curiosity is, that all the hooplah that was raised after AF447 about the flight envelope and the pilot basically being locked out if he tried to exceed it, without making a law change. NOW, all reports on this excess rudder problem have indicated that the forces were well above certification so the aircraft was not blamed. My Question is: IF IT WAS OUTSIDE THE CERTIFICATION PARAMETERS, I WOULD THINK IT WOULD BE OUTSIDE THAT FLIGHT ENVELOPE, AND IF SO, HOW WAS IT ALLOWED TO HAPPEN???? You are a Bus man; can you answer???????
linbb 1
How can one fault you in any way as you have been there and done that. I cant think of what it was like to always wonder what might upset the AC and cause an accident due to poor design. The 447 crash highlighted how poor some of the systems and training were at the time. About Boeing, if I fly I would rather not in the 787 after hearing the behind the door talk from some involved in the design of it and how close they came to loosing the one in Texas during testing. Your word about the Airbus AC I will take as stated from someone who knows.
preacher1 1
I really don't think thee is anything intentional as far as them making a crappy aircraft but there is a lot of experience difference between 1916 for Boeing and 1967 for Airbus. If the time is any indicator, they still have a lot of learning left to do. Boeing, as you say, "HAS BEEN THERE,DONE THAT"
JetMech24 1
Yes they have been there, done that, AND still working on it, as the 737 rudder issues are not completely resolved yet. If memory serves, they have until 2016, or something like that.


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