Must be very different & alien going from a standard yoke to the PlayStation side stick.
I’d much prefer the yoke. I think It’d be easier to get a feel of what the aircraft is doing & adjust inputs.
Can‘t comment, never done it.
Can‘t speak for Airbus but the 787, which has a genuine fly by wire control system, has a feedback loop that provides control column forces to counteract the lack of sensation.
I share your misgivings though and there’s a body of opinion that believes the gross mishandling of the Air France A340 that stalled and fluttered all the way down into the sea with virtually zero forward speed and a high nose attitude wouldn’t have happened on a Boeing because the control column position and feel would’ve looked plain wrong. The lack of both on the Airbus may arguably have contributed to the crew’s confusion?
Talking to guys who’ve made the step across, the side stick isn’t the hard bit, it’s the thrust levers not moving in most Autothrottle modes that they found the hardest to get used to. With experience you can set thrust / know what thrust the Autothrottle has set remarkably accurately just by sensing where the thrust levers are with your hand on them.
It’s for that reason that it’s recommended to have your hand on the thrust levers when the Autothrottle is moving them and also to be in a position to take over if the system does something silly, a feature in the Turkish 737 that crashed at Schipol: The A/T didn’t power up once a deceleration had been completed and the crew missed it, the aircraft stalled as the speed bled off and the rest is history.
In the sim, I always rammed this home to students and if they didn’t do it I just failed the A/T on them but then I’m a c*nt. if they did it a second time I’d fail just one side so as the power came on, the thing would roll on its back.
That makes me a right, proper, oceangoing c*nt but lessons learnt the hard way are best learnt in an environment where it’ll cost you a pint, not your life.
Interestingly, Boeing have removed that bit of guidance from the 787 Flight Crew Training Manual which IMHO is a retrograde step so I still do it, Examiners ask me why, I tell them and there’s no comeback. Good Airmanship IMVHO.