For University of new South Wales aviation expert Peter Marosszeky, if investigation could establish that the autopilot
was still working up until the crash, then there was also a deliberate act to switch off the aircraft's communications system.
He compares it to a pilot flying a plane: the pilot can use autopilot
for some of the tasks, but ultimately must be present in case anything goes wrong.
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Arslanian said the error messages sent in its final moments showed the autopilot
and other systems shut down.
A simulation of the flight's final minutes was consistent with the co-pilot inadvertently hitting the autopilot
button instead of another motion control device, the report said.
The Dutch Safety Board has issued a warning to Boeing to prevent faulty radio altimeters influencing the autopilot
THE plane that crashed into a house near Buffalo, New York, killing 50 people, was on autopilot
when it went down, a possible violation of airline policy in icy weather, according to a Federal airline official.
Linked to a GPS, a single press of the navigation key tells the autopilot
to take its commands from the GPS and intuitively follow a path to the next way point.
The model sailplane was modified to incorporate a small electric motor and an autopilot
, the latter reprogrammed to detect thermals or updrafts.
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In their opening statement, the prosecutors said Takamoto, 52, was aware through his training of the special characteristics of an MD-11 aircraft, in which manually operating the control wheel would disengage the autopilot
and make the plane unstable.
The EP-3E was flying straight and level on autopilot
when the tail of one of the fighters impacted its number-one engine propeller.
Today, however, the autopilot
status of the loan portfolio is being challenged by the examiners.