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Questions tagged [autoland]

System that fully or partially automates the landing operation of aircraft.

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When do pilots perform a CAT II/III autoland?

If I understand correctly in good, visual weather get conditions airline pilots generally do ILS CAT I, when at some point they disconnect autopilot at some point and land manually. If the visibility ...
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What do the regulatory bodies say about landing in CAT IIIB?

I typically read that CAT IIIB approaches must be flown by an autopilot to touchdown. Looking for a reference (regulatory bodies* in particular) to track the statement only leads to company SOPs. In ...
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Why can't pilots manually fly a low visibility approach instead of using auto land?

Pilots have instruments that help them land. But in low visibility they are required to use auto land. Why can't they rely on their instruments at those times?
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If a pilot ejects, what is the autopilot programmed to do?

If a pilot uses his ejector seat during flight, what is the autopilot programmed to do? As a developer myself, I would want to build in a way for the plane to try and save itself if possible (to save ...
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What makes inertial guidance unsuitable for auto-land?

Above shows the performance of a Lockheed Martin civilian landing system developed in the mid-90's. It works by using the weather radar in SAR mode to update the INS, and the final 100 ft are flown by ...
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Are crosswind landings performed using autoland or under manual control?

I believe many people here have seen at least one of Cargospotter's videos of crosswind landings at Düsseldorf (DUS/EDDL). There are several of them. I picked this one: I think the pilots land their ...
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Has there ever been a fully automated takeoff, cruise, and landing of a large aircraft similar to commercial airliners?

Has there ever been a fully automated takeoff, cruise, and landing of a large aircraft similar to commercial airliners? In fact, has there ever been a fully automatic flight of any pure aircraft ...
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Why did the pilot inform ATC that he is going to autoland?

I was listening to ATC and I heard the pilot say that they are going to autoland. What is the purpose of providing this info to ATC?
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What is the difference between “Land 2” and “Land 3” annunciations for Boeing autopilot systems?

Another question's answers refer to certain Boeing jets having the capability to annunciate "Land 2" and "Land 3" when flying a coupled ILS approach. What does each of these modes require, and allow, ...
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Was the Space Shuttle landing sequence executed manually or automatically?

I was motivated by another SE Aviation Question where the complex set of manouveres needed to land the space shuttle is described to ask the following question: Is the landing handled manually or is ...
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How does auto landing work?

Some aircraft are equiped with auto landing to assist on zero visibility and ceiling land. Actually, how does this system work?
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Are aircraft separately certified for CAT III ops for +2500 feet elevation?

Is it mandatory have separate certification for aircraft operating CAT III Operations on airports having elevation more than 2500 feet? If so do that aircraft are to carry any additional equipment? ...