British Airways From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (16 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 1021 times:
Well normally at 10,000 feet AGL. The reason being lots of things start to happen then like lights seatbelts and flaps you start to slow. But some pilots might want to do more flying and some even turn of auto pilot at cruise as they are bored.
I have only turned on autopilot once in a 172 flying from John Wayne to Fullerton. I did not like it so I turned it off and flew my whole decent and cruise I was only 1500 feet high though. I also flew right over Disneyland on that flight!
jrw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (16 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1021 times:
I´ll tell you about the MD-11, that is a bit different from most aircraft. The A/P is usually on until the plane is configured for landing and well established on approach (usually ILS). We use the 500 feet callout (RA) as a reference to switch off the A/P. But in low visibility it is recommended to let it land itself.