Study recommends changes to autopilot disengagement

10/4/2013 | AVweb

A recently published ergonomics and flight safety study recommends changes to autopilot systems, in which the system will acknowledge the pilot has assumed control before it is disengaged, rather than after. "The sudden disengagement of autopilot is analogous to a pilot suddenly throwing up his or her hands and blurting to the co-pilot, 'Your plane!' " said Eric Geiselman, the lead author of the study.

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