The European Aviation Safety Authority, EASA, has alerted the Airbus A321neo operator of potential aircraft control problems. This can in certain circumstances go into a climb. This is a similar problem to the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, which were shut down after a series of disasters. But experts agree that the error in the case of Airbus is much less serious.
Airbus has so far responded to the situation with a “temporary change” to the airplane’s operating manual, which denies pilots maneuvers that could cause the error. The EASA Directive has been in force since 31 July, and the Authority has ordered A321neo operators to include changes in the pilots’ manuals within 30 days. The EU Aviation Authority assumes that Airbus will then come up with a lasting solution to the problem.
Airbus is faced with a similar problem | facing a competing Boeing, whose 737 MAX model cannot fly. However, experts agree that Airbus is less serious.
Unlike Boeing, Airbus uses multiple sensors to determine whether an aircraft is rising or falling. Thus, the system is not prone to unpredictable behavior if one of the sensors fails. The automatic climb and descent control also has a limited range in which to intervene in the case of Airbus. “The key is how these systems are designed, tested and put into production. In the case of MAX, the implementation was unacceptably bad, “Leeham News reported.
The EASA Regulation applies only to type A321, it does not apply to other A320 aircraft. The control error can thus affect a smaller number of machines than in the case of shutdown Boeing.