This week Oleg Gaievoi, ATPL Integrated Students at Baltic Aviation Academy (Vilnius, Lithuania) shows a few Airbus A320 flight control protection situations (GPWS Terrain Warning and Stall Prevention; Bank Angle and Pitch Altitude Protection). Happy watching and let us know your thoughts and ideas for the new videos!
In case you have some particular questions regarding our services, feel free to write an email to info@balticaa.com.

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  1. It would appear that the pilots of QZ8501 inadvertently disabled some of the flight control protections after receiving multiple alarms about the rudder trim limiter. It would seem they forced the plane out of normal law by circuit breaking both FACs at once; from my reading this means it can only be put back into normal law on the ground. Again from my reading, it would seem the pitch was put into alternate law (without protections), roll was put into direct law, and yaw was put into mechanical law. It would also seem that the pilots hadn't been trained in how to fly with the plane in this configuration; maybe similar to AF447?

  2. Why the GermanWings A320 wasn't protected by this terrain avoidance system? Did the f*uckin FO bastard shut off this system before committed suicide?

  3. Any idea on how AirAsia flight QZ8501 managed to exceed the aircraft's max climb rate and stall? It looks like Pitch Altitude Protection should have prevented this.

  4. I still prefer the Boeing planes over Airbus. At least with Boeing, if there is an emergency requring the flight crew to take extreme actions that push the aircraft outside the flight envelope the pilots of say, a Boeing 777 can shut-off the protection system with a disconnect switch and place all systems on Direct Mode, analogous to Airbus Direct Law. In that situation, flying in Direct Mode allows the plane to take any action necessary without computer interference with pilot decisions. That's the main weakness I find with Airbus, they present hard limits on pilot authority and no direct means to cut out the protection system in an emergency to allow the flight crew to take extreme actions that might be necessary even if it did damage the plane.

  5. its a shame that flight envelope protection wasnt working when Air France 447 was operating under 'Alternate Law' (i.e. frozen pitot tubes) meaning the computers were unable to prevent First Officer Bonin from stalling the aircraft

  6. Would be this simulated on  FSX by any A320 developer?
    One interesting protecction that I d'not know if exist is, prevention on deploy flaps at higer maximun speed for that level of flaps.
    Graet video! 

  7. There was that accident in 2001 a month or so after 9 11 in which an Airbus crashed over NYC due to an encounter with wake turbulence, and the over use of the rudder by the pilot flying.  There would seem to be no built in safe guards for this sort of thing, or are my facts wrong?  

  8. I have a simulated A320 in my Flight Simulator at home, and the protections and the Fly-by-Wire System are great, and it's easy to fly, because Fly-by-Wire.
    I'm from Germany, so my english is not the best, but I hope, you unterstand what I mean 😉
    And…I tried to break out of the limits of normal Flight, and I did it 😀 (Psst. but I deactivated the Fligt Control Computers 🙂

    I find Airbus did a great Job with this Systems and I love Airbus 100000000000x more than Boeing (my opinion).

    !!!I'm sorry for my bad english, but I'm from Germany ;)!!!

  9. i ant to be a flight simulator technician , i have my bachelor degree majored in aeronautical engineering. sb help me.

  10. I think, all this new technology, was created just for one reason : to save lives…!!! and it does it very well, in all these new "fly by wire" aircraft…Some years ago, we had the experienced pilots for doing it, now we have the computers…both are very good, but, to my opinion, many aircraft accidents have happened, due to their pilots trust to their high experience, so, we must leave the computers to do their well programmed work, cause they don't have feelings and they don't trust their experience, cause their experience, is their programme and their programme is 99,9 % right….!!!

  11. The flight control protections are good.  But how can you loose an airframe, like air france did, with these protections enabled?

  12. To kokalti,
    In the real life a pilot is very stressed by the many hours of flight in a sigle day, this may induce him to do errors even so serious. The "fly by wire" sistem prevents the happening of the two most dangerous situations of a flight: the overspeed and the stall. Anyway, in case of a emergency reason, you can also deactivate all protections by pushing auto pilot or auto thrust disconnect pushbuttons. It's the best solution for the moment.

  13. I think they suck. What kind of pilot would do stuff like that in normal flight? Airbus comp was responsible for a few crashes itself. 

  14. But, side stick priority it isn't a secure? Because side stick priority causes that only 1 pilot can control in the same time a side stick, so that is a protection

  15. http://www.balticaa.com This week Oleg Gaievoi, ATPL Integrated Students at Baltic Aviation Academy (Vilnius, Lithuania) shows a few Airbus A320 flight control protection situations (GPWS Terrain Warning and Stall Prevention; Bank Angle and Pitch Altitude Protection). Happy watching and let us know your thoughts and ideas for the new videos!
    In case you have some particular questions regarding our services, feel free to write an email to info@balticaa.com.

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