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(Washington Times)   Pilots say that the use of autopilot leaves them feeling useless "like a piece of luggage." Which means they'll be charged $50 to fly and then put on the wrong plane   ( divider line
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2013-12-04 08:48:17 AM  
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The AP is a tool.  Poor pilots use their tools poorly.

This is a major topic of conversation in the industry.  Technology is moving quickly on the flight decks of airplanes as well, and aviation is working on how to integrate it most effectively.

There are a few philosophies on the subject, I subscribe to the "Children of the Magenta" (video explanation) philosophy where the level of automation should match the task at hand, that includes being proficient all the way down to level zero of no Auto Pilot or Auto Throttles.

The fact is an AP is a hugely powerful safety tool if used properly.  It provides decreased fatigue and can provide an opportunity for increased situational awareness.  It's the over reliance that's the problem, and pilots need to be diligent and professional enough to realize if they are and remedy it.
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