This comes from a flight simulator experiment ages ago in the Boeing 737....
I'm on the runway. I engage the heading switch, followed by the altitude and thrust. The aircraft lifts off, although hardly in a clean rotation.
Now I'm wondering: While it did work in the flight simulator, will the autopilot follow these commands in real life as well if I repeated this in a business or commercial jet?
Is there anything stopping the autopilot from engaging a specified altitude or from following instructions which are utter nonsense?
It depends on the autopilot and you need to read the AFM to know what the limitations are.
All of the business jets that I have flown prohibit the use of the autopilot below a specific altitude (between 50 and 1,000 feet depending on the autopilot and the configuration of the airplane). Nothing prevents then from being used lower but it isn't allowed. They will engage on the ground (in fact it is part of the required preflight tests) but have a specific prohibition against use for takeoff and landing.
Other airplanes and autopilots however are approved for autoland all of the way down to a full stop, and some for takeoff as well.
Speeds also depend on the autopilot. Some automatically disconnect if the aircraft receives a stall warning or overspeed signal but others don't.
This comes from a flight simulator experiment ages ago in the Boeing 737.... I'm on the runway. I engage the heading switch, followed by the altitude and thrust. The aircraft lifts off, although hardly in a clean rotation. Now I'm wondering: While it did work in the flight simulator, will the autopilot follow these commands in real life as well if I repeated this in a business or commercial jet? Is there anything stopping the autopilot from engaging a specified altitude or from following instructions which are utter nonsense?
For fun I want to build a flight simulator at home. What are my options from most basic toy environment to more realistic set-up. Great if you can give for each solution a basic indication of cost (software / hardware), and if appropriate the space needed.
that it must be engaged, or even operative. Simply "equipped", and also that this is to approve an aircraft for RVSM. From what I can find, there is no operational requirement for the autopilot to actually be working or engaged. Assuming that my MEL allows me to defer the autopilot and still fly, can I fly in RVSM airspace? Some people however say that if you are in RVSM airspace...FAR Part 91, Appendix G, Section 2 says: (c) Altitude-keeping equipment: All aircraft. To approve an aircraft group or a nongroup aircraft, the Administrator must find that the aircraft meets
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heading. He didn't complain, but I'm still not sure if that's what he wanted. A bit later I got a similar call (callsign) request QNE However, I was unfamiliar with that Q-code (as a private pilot in Europe you pretty much need to know QNH, QFE, QDM and QTE) and only later found out it means "pressure altitude". Q-codes suck. Anyway I said "Say again" and he came back and asked how many were on board (which I incorrectly assumed at that point was what QNE meant), again, using "request". Anyway, I've never heard a controller say "request" before, is it just army version of "say"? I'm pretty
In a flight database that I'm working with on a project, there is a column of data called "flightCategory" with values "C", "G", "T", etc. Any idea what those actually mean? From what I understand, the database is from FAA. But I'm not 100% sure.
at a specific location and time may differ appreciably from those computed by PC Windtemp. Therefore, data from PC Windtemp must not be used for flight planning, aircraft dispatch, airborne flight navigation, or any other type of actual flight operations. PROGRAM FEATURES A seasonal and monthly database with global coverage from 1000 millibars (364 feet pressure altitude) to 10... case, and average case for each location, altitude, and date in the future. I have searched and searched Google to no avail. Where can this wind data be found, and how can it be used
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