Real Pilot vs Auto Pilot

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  1. OceanBreezes

    OceanBreezes Gold Member

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    I was on a flight today from DFW to SEA with 2 aborted landings due to wind sheers. We diverted to Portland, gassed up and such and headed back. The crew did a fantastic job handling the situation and the Captain kept us informed and was amazing...bought snacks...even passed them out himself...ensured we were comfortable and let us know when he received info.

    I think most of the flying was done by the pilots and we could feel the wind beneath us and could tell when the landing was aborted. On some flights, it feels like the plane is on cruise control and not being actually piloted. I felt like this was a real pilot doing the work.

    Does anyone know how much of a flight the pilot is actually piloting vs it being on auto pilot? Just curious.
     
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  2. mo26

    mo26 Silver Member

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    Lots of variables determine how much the autopilot is used. A flight could be on autopilot from around 1,000ft on climb out, all the way to touchdown (auto-land capable planes). All depends on the plane, the crew, and what the situation calls for. -MO
     
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    milchap Gold Member

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    You should experience a CAT III landing in total fog at FRA. :cool:
     
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    Eloy Fonseca Neto Silver Member

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    Usually when you feel a zigzag approach that's a pilot that is always correcting to do a perfect manual landing, but when you feel your landing is stable, with no wings movement that's the autopilot locked to the localizer!
     
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    When you feel the correction, the pilot is chasing the heading, and often over correcting....

    When he gets more experienced he makes smaller corrections, the plane will almost fly itself...

    Auto pilot and trim tabs hard to tell sometimes, but the weather can give you some real bumps for you to smooth out.
     
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