>On a state of the art airliner on a scheduled route the pilot tells the Flt Management System where the a/c is going,then when the driver has got it off the ground he engages the a/pilot at about 400 ft and that's it.
His/her next task is to steer it off the runway at the other end.
AA restricts autopilot operations to greater than 1000 ft AGL except during coupled approach and/or autoland.
>During the flt he/she sits back and monitors the progress of the flt.
Worst part of the job IMHO. Glad to be leaving the transcons to somebody else for a while. ;-)
>If the pilot wants to do a manual landing once the a/c has locked on to the runway ILS the Flt Director bars on the ADI will tell them to fly left/right/up/down until they land, then its a matter of looking out of the window.
Personally, I don't like the abruptness of the autopilot when capturing anything, especially ILS. If the weather is good and the administrative workload light, I'll go manual as soon as the "prepare to land" PA is taken care of (usually about 6,000 ft AGL).
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