Old 1st Jun 2011, 05:42
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Continuous use of automatic systems leads to loss of basic knowledge of power settings/pitch attitudes and reduces the ability to fly accurately with a low workload. Pilots should therefore regularly fly the aircraft manually, with em- phasis on manual departures/ approaches with and without the flight director. However these intentions should be briefed and only performed when good weather and low traffic conditions prevail.
Briefing consists usually of a simple "are you ok with it?" to make sure the other guy is in the loop and can cope with the slightly increased workload. What good weather conditions are and how to define low traffic conditions is left to the individual pilot.
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