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Mon Aug 07, 2000 7:38 pm

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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RE: Autopilot...

Tue Aug 08, 2000 3:00 am

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.
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RE: Autopilot...

Tue Aug 08, 2000 5:26 am

I don't have an autopilot so I hand fly it the whole way   More fun that way anyway  
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RE: Autopilot...

Tue Aug 08, 2000 6:48 am

Where is the fun in autopilot. I say the han flying below 10,000' is the best  
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RE: Autopilot...

Tue Aug 08, 2000 1:13 pm

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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