Since I was young I have always dreamed of flying, As I approach college, I have been getting worried that by the time I get into the field, the pilot will simply watch over the autopilot. In other words, I am afraid that technology and computers will take away the the physical flying. I am not naive; in the worst of weather, the category 3 autoland and other advanced features certainly aid in the safety aspect. (What aircraft execute autoland? What facilites are necessary?) But what about in visual conditions? When approaching an airport, slowly descending, making those turns to final...is this ALL autopilot? Does this differ whether in an older 737, compared with the newer 757, or the advanced 777 and airbus series? What about ATC...with the advent of position reporting GPS and collision avoidance systems, will it become obsolete? As someone entering commercial aviation toward the end of this century...I would be devasted to find out that my role of pilot has been reduced to inputting data into autopilot. WHat happens if I want to fly the plane?
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