It has been a long time since this accident. I forget, what was the reason for this crash?
A moderator that does not know how to use google or the search function, that's some funny stuff. Just busting your chops dude.
Sure. It auto-trims which gives it light feel on the controls until you exceed the normal bank or pitch limits. Then it stops auto trimming and you feel how heavy it is (and it wakes you up to let go of the stick and stop screwing up!).Is there any stick feedback?
If I recall correctly (lot of that going on around here), the pilot of the "A-Tree-Twenty" was going to do an alpha floor demo. That is where, even at idle, if you get too slow, the plane will go full power and if you are holding full back stick, will climb out of it at just above stall speed. Quite a spectacular demo.
There is just one MINOR problem with that. It is disabled at a low radio altitude because, well, if it were active, there is a chance that the power would go to full while you are in the flare trying to land. Obviously not a good thing.
Anyway, the demo pilot flew the low pass considerably lower than briefed, so when he got slow, the plane would still not stall, perse, but the power remained at idle. They were in "Flare" mode and were essentially floating down the runway. They eventually did the obvious, shoved the thrust levers forward. The engines spooled, but by that point in time they were cutting pine....
My systems instructor worked for Airbus when this happened and that's exactly how he told the tale.
The test pilot was trying to show off the magic airplane that won't let you stall except he forgot about it not working low to the ground...hard to land with the engines going to TOGA each time.
I believe he went to trial for manslaughter.