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User currently offlineCricri From France, joined exactly 15 years ago today! , 581 posts, RR: 7
Posted (14 years 1 month 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 1015 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 (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 909 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: 6
Reply 2, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 895 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 (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 887 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, 3474 posts, RR: 47
Reply 4, posted (14 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 871 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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