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A/P CWS Mode

Fri Sep 07, 2001 11:30 pm

I recently learned that the Control Wheel Steering mode which comes in the B733 and 734 series is not being used during normal operations, at least this holds for one airline I know. I was also told that the DC10 is always flown in the CWS mode when the a/p is disengaged, resulting in a different handling of the a/c main flight controls compared to most other a/c.
Is this correct and can anyone tell me more about the (dis)advantages of the CWS system?
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RE: A/P CWS Mode

Sat Sep 08, 2001 3:25 am

THe DC-10 is not flown in CWS mode during normal flight. CWS mode is used to temporarily hand fly the aircraft, say if you need a steeper climb/descent angle, or have blown through the final approach course. It is basically used to set the autopilot to a different situation quicker than it normally would go. Hopefully i can think of a better wording later on, as i just woke up from a nap.

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