Old 19th Jun 2011, 08:24
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parabellum
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The automatics are there as an aid to navigation in general
Hopefully a bit more than that! Under the right circumstances, properly programmed, they can 'fly' the aeroplane whilst the humans sort out the problems, with the correct emphasis on the problem as well as flying the machine, more relevant in the days sans Flight Engineer.

As DozyWannabe points out, Kegworth was a classic example of a time when full and proper use of the automatics may have brought about a better outcome.

Hand flying these aircraft should be a normal accepted skill whatever the weather conditions.
No argument there, just don't ignore the automatics when they can make life a bit easier, as a public transport pilot you have nothing to prove, there are no machismo prizes on offer.
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