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User currently offlinepb737 From United States of America, joined Aug 1999, 21 posts, RR: 0
Posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 832 times:

At what point do commercial pilots usually switch to manual control from auto pilot when descending to an airport?? Any help would be appreciated!!

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User currently offlineJETPILOT From United States of America, joined May 1999, 3130 posts, RR: 29
Reply 1, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 832 times:

I've noticed most pilots like to hand fly the airplane from the top of descent. Some of the lazier ones like to let the auto pilot fly them to the outer marker on an ILS.

User currently offlineBritish Airways From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 832 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!
Iain


User currently offlineAntonov From Croatia, joined Jun 2005, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 832 times:

It's a pity you did not land near Disney and stayed there !

User currently offlinejrw From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (15 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 832 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.

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