The Debate is on!
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I was recently in a debate as to what determines an emergency aircraft. More specifically whether or not the lack of an autopilot and autothrust created an emergency condition. My contention is that lack of an autopilot and authothrust should not be an emergency for a pilot.
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My points in this debate include:
- At the very minimum pilots should be able to manually fly their aircraft.
- An FAA safety advisory (2103) encouraged pilots to hand fly (no autopilot and autothrust) to retain their flight skills.
- If the FAA is advising hand flying behavior, then how is following the advised behavior an emergency? That would mean the FAA was advising an emergency condition, which we all know would never happen.
What do you think?
Do you think the lack of an autopilot and autothrust constitutes an emergency aircraft?
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