B747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 1684 times:
Dear Bobby -
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...
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...
Hope this helps you - Happy contrails
AAR90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3531 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (12 years 4 months 3 weeks ago) and read 1595 times:
I was wondering when an American Airline pilot turns off the autopilot when landing.
Whenever you want (and the Captain permits). 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."
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