We will have plenty of time to debate the future EADS contract award status (i.e. split award) in the coming few weeks. During recovery operations, this is not the time for that particular debate!
However, it has been reported that the Air France Flight 447 automated messages have revealed all three external air speed sensors were giving different readings for the plane’s velocity, diverging by up to 35 miles per hour – leaving the pilots and the on-board computer confused over what information to follow. Take a look at this well known and previously debated YouTube Video.
As the Captain of my ship, I know stuff happens fast when one is least expecting. I demand to be able to take control immediately… How long did it take these pilots to take back control and was it already too late… It would appear to LuckyBogey that the instructions are confusing and subject to various interpretations depending on previous training and experiences with Fly-by-wire…