In the Air Crash Investigation episode "Kid In The Cockpit," which details the crash of Aeroflot Flight 593, the video shows the plane had a yoke not a sidestick

I was under the impression all Airbus models, even the earlier ones, used a sidestick.

Can anybody clarify this for me?

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    $\begingroup$ you sir, have a sharp eye for detail! +1 :) $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 14:58
  • $\begingroup$ Perhaps we should rename the question include A300/A310 to emphasize the similarity between the types and make it past tense. $\endgroup$ Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 20:17

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The sidestick was a design that came about along with the new fly-by-wire technology of the A320 in the late 1980's. The physical leverage of a yoke was no longer needed for flight control cables. The older designs of the A300 and A310 series planes from the 70's and 80's have conventional yoke flight controls.

I would not be surprised to see inaccuracies in TV reenactments, but the yoke did happen to be important in that particular case.

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    $\begingroup$ ... as was the autopilot with independently disconnectable axis (no longer possible on A320+) and lack of flight envelope protection (added on A320). Also MayDay/Air Crash Investigation is usually pretty accurate (does not necessarily extend to other similar documentaries). $\endgroup$
    – Jan Hudec
    Commented Apr 2, 2015 at 7:06

Great [video][1] of Azore Airelines A310 hand yoke flying over LPPD.

So yes, it did ship w/ a yoke. :) [1]:


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