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Features September 2018 Issue

Using Your Autopilot

Sometimes there are multiple steps needed to accomplish a task with an autopilot, such as the four steps needed to change altitude in the authorís Cessna 340. Know all the steps cold.

Using Your Autopilot

With the wide variety of autopilots and the broad range of capabilities, it might not always be obvious how to safely get the most from your particular installation.

The point here is that once George is flying, our mental paradigm becomes letting him fly and just telling him what to do. This occasionally results in way too much energy and button-mashing to make a last-minute change. Itís ever so much simpler to be hand flying in the first place and, well, aim elsewhere. So, pick an altitude below which youíll always hand fly. Perhaps itís 1000 feet AGL, or maybe all the way down to 400 feet (but no lower).

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