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User currently offlineCricri From France, joined Oct 1999, 581 posts, RR: 6
Posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1406 times:

Morning all!
A simple question : at which point the pilot disconnects the autopilot on final just before landing? Is it at his own judgment or are they procedures?
I would like to know for visual approach with good visibility and for low visibility landings (except High CAT ones). Tx in advance.

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User currently offlineJ32driver From United States of America, joined May 2000, 399 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1300 times:

All depends on how much fun your having that day. For low approaches, my company requires the autopilot to be turned off at 200 feet AGL. Thats Cat 1 ILS minimums... we aren't certified for anything lower. On a good VFR day, some pilots turn it off as the plane turns about a 3 mile final, others turn it off coming out of 10,000 feet and hand fly it the whole way down. Just depends on what you want to do.

User currently offlineRalgha From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 1614 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

I don't have an autopilot so I hand fly it the whole way   More fun that way anyway  

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User currently offlineAzeem From Pakistan, joined Jul 2000, 137 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1278 times:

Where is the fun in autopilot. I say the han flying below 10,000' is the best  

User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3589 posts, RR: 44
Reply 4, posted (15 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1262 times:

AA requires autopilot off 50 feet below MDA/DA unless performing an autoland.

My preference is somewhere below 18,000 feet depending upon cockpit workload and type approach expected. MD90 autopilots are very pitch sensitive (at least our 5 are).  

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