Future Automation

Today’s general aviation autopilots match or exceed those in airliners, so what does the future hold? Let’s make some educated guesses based on trends we’re seeing.

Once a great add-on, wing levelers have been relegated to museums. The current automated flight control systems (AFCS or autopilots) have all the lateral and vertical modes needed to remain engaged from the initial climb to short final. Then there are the amazing capabilities in Garmin’s Collier-Trophy-winning Emergency Autoland. Latest improvements Where is our cockpit […]
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