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Old 10th Sep 2009, 14:00
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Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 91
Autopilot and Manual Pilot

Hi everyone,

Just a query that came into my head the other day. On the big jets Boeing/Airbus. Do the pilots control columns move in accordance with autopilot inputs. I seem to remember that for airbus the auto throttle does not move the actual throttles but it does for boeings, but I was mainly thinking about the actual control column.

For instance a 777 has an engine failure with autopilot in command. For whatever reason the pilot does not take control. Autopilot puts in as much aileron as it can but still the plane rolls, pilot disconnects and the plane suddenly rolls sharply. I'm sure this specific example wouldn't happen but for arguments sake, is the autopilot system set up in such a way that the aircraft can surprise the pilot on disconnect.

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