Old 18th Jun 2011, 22:30
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Nemo Me Impune Lacessit
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Derbyshire, England.
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Microburst2002 - 2,3, and 4 OK, 1, NO.

There are still people out there who will, as a first reaction to any problem, dump the autopilot and start handflying without proper analysis of the problem, the annoucement, "Disconnecting" usually comes a second or so after the buttons are pressed!

More than once I have seen the automatics dumped, (on B747-400), when they were actually doing what they were programmed to do, either the FMC had been incorrectly programmed or the MCP had been mishandled - No, automatics are not always right, but, on aircraft such as the B757, 767 and particularly the B747-400, more often than not they are.
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