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  • Autopilot Been thinking about teaching granddaughter Naomi how to ride a bike. An autopilot would be handy. But we would want to turn it off more and more so Naomi would get more and more comfortable balancing and steering on her own.Long trips in fast airplanes are mostly flown on autopilot, of course. Relieved of the need to closely monitor attitude, the crew can focus more attention on the big picture. It is easy for crews to become overly reliant on autopilots though, and lax about checking on them. Those errors may have contributed to the July 2013 crash in San Francisco. I and the owner of Columbia 400 N1134N often fly as a crew. The pilot flying is responsible ...
    Posted Aug 29, 2013, 6:59 AM by Nathaniel Cauldwell
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