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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 ...


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Like with two human pilots, you want control1 to be explicitly in one hands. With autopilot, it's the same: it should be either autopilot or you. In the case of 'breaching' the normal transfer protocol for whatever reason ("I have control" - "You have control", which in case of autopilot would be the autopilot disconnect button), there are two possible ...


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You'd have to find someone with access to the original Airbus failure analysis to know the details, but in general it's more difficult to get good bonds with Kevlar laminates compared to graphite or glass (something to do with helpful reactive compounds on the surface of glass and graphite fibres that Kevlar lacks), and special surface treatments and epoxies ...


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