6 thoughts on “Can You Afford NOT To Install A New Autopilot In Your Used Plane?

  1. Having been involved in electronic design for over 35 years, I personally will never pilot a general aviation aircraft with electro mechanical actuators between me and the control surfaces.

    Commercial aircraft manufacturers have the resources to truly make these systems reliable. Low volume, low cost general aviation companies do not.

    The author should spend a little more time reading the ntsb reports with very skilled and competent flight crews where everyone perished due to autopilot failure.

    If I have two aircraft to choose from…..one with and one without autopilot, I’ll be choosing the one without….every time.

    And I don’t care how many STCs the autopilot has.

  2. If airliners are the only ones with reliable autopilots then there shouldn’t be any airliner NTSB reports. Also, when an autopilot is turned off the airplane becomes a plane without an autopilot.

  3. Embracing new technology is always hard. Refusing to see the benefits of “a helping hand” obvious. No technology absolves the PIC of responsibility to fly the plane, but it can assist to achieve better outcomes.

  4. Loss of situational awareness and subsequent loss of control, and/or CFIT in GA aircraft is a major contributor to accidents. An autopilot allows the pilot to effectively manage the trajectory of the aircraft while reducing task load. This allows efficient management of navigation equipment, review of procedural plates, and expands the pilots field of vision. An autopilot can be a life saver, specially one with envelope protection. Any single pilot flying hard IFR without an AP is reducing his/her ability to manage threats and errors, specially if fatigue is thrown in the mix.

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