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This category introduces automated flight control in the advanced avionics cockpit. You will learn to use an autopilot system that can significantly reduce workload during critical phases of flight. The two-axis autopilot system installed in most general aviation aircraft controls the pitch and roll of the aircraft. The autopilot can operate independently, controlling heading and altitude, or it can be coupled to a navigation system and fly a programmed course or an approach with glideslope. In addition to learning how to use the autopilot, you must also learn when to use it and when not to use it.
- Autopilot Concepts
- Flight Director
- Follow Route
- Autopilot Climbs and Descents
- Autopilot Course Intercepts
- Coupled Approaches
- Deciding When To Use the FD/Autopilot
- Miscellaneous Autopilot Topics
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