|Quoting N243NW (Reply 2):|
Also, I'm sure I'm missing something by asking this, but is there any particular reason they went through all the trouble of rigging the plane up for radio control? If it were me, I'd just set the A/P for a 1500fpm descent in vertical speed mode and GTFO using the ventral stairs. Is there anything about the 727's autopilot that would prevent this?
|Quoting Starlionblue (Reply 4):|
Safety I would guess. With radio control you can change stuff on the fly. With the A/P if something doesn't go to plan you can't change the trajectory.
|Quoting Litz (Reply 6):|
The answer given was they were not allowed to modify the aircraft (as doing so would require re-certification), so they were forced to use off-the-shelf model airplane controllers, and tape the antennas to the insides of the windows.
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