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User currently offlineNWA From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 1200 posts, RR: 3
Posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1502 times:

I was wondering when an American Airline pilot turns off the autopilot when landing. I have read that NWA turns it off at 10,000ft if weather will allow it. You help is appreciated.


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User currently offlineXFSUgimpLB41X From United States of America, joined Aug 2000, 4229 posts, RR: 37
Reply 1, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1486 times:

Nah... they just turn off the engines from the top of cruise and coast in- quite unprofessional if you ask me.  Big grin


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User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1491 times:

Dear Bobby -
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I do not know of a "set" procedure for "disconnecting the A/P" unless you were asking me "the minimum altitude for use of the A/P in cruise mode or in approach mode"... you venture to say 10,000 feet, you may be wrong and... right, it varies...
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Actually, AA, or DL, or UA - doesn't matter the airline - could, depending on type of aircraft - disconnect when at the top of descent, or make a landing with the autopilot, using it at all times during the descent... it is up to the pilots to decide (most often) when they will disconnect the A/P...
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Hope this helps you - Happy contrails  Smile
(s) Skipper


User currently offlineMirrodie From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 7444 posts, RR: 62
Reply 3, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1465 times:
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My question is that if the rule is not abided by, what are the consequences?

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User currently offlineShaun3000 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 445 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 1437 times:

Well, it involves a large stick and several dwarves

User currently offlineAAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3498 posts, RR: 46
Reply 5, posted (11 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

I was wondering when an American Airline pilot turns off the autopilot when landing.

Whenever you want (and the Captain permits).  Wink/being sarcastic There are specific limitations for specific airplanes making specific type approach/landing, but that varies with the aircraft type. i.e. 737 CATII/III HUD approaches require autopilot disconnect not later than 1000' AFL (HUD is a manually flown approach).

My question is that if the rule is not abided by, what are the consequences?

If an AA operating limitation is intentionally or unintentionally not complied with, consequenses can be anything up to and including termination of employment --yes, it has happened in the not so recent past. What the FAA does is up to them. If the pilot properly "self-reports" an unintentional deviation (and subsequent investigation confirms no intent) via the AASAP program neither AA nor FAA can "punish"--there will probably be additional "training" followed by extra "checking."  Wink/being sarcastic



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