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[Curiosity]How often AP is used in military aviation .

Postby yanes » Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:14 am

Hi,
Just by curiosity , any one has an idea about how often Autopilots are used in the real military aviation .
I know that in combat missions or training this will be depending on the status ,
but when cruising , long borders patrols ..etc.. I don't think that a pilot even in a modern fighter will fly by hand for long distances .
I even think that they are instructed to engage APs for cruise by their commanders .
Just a silly question but I'm curious to know these about these details :oops:
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Re: [Curiosity]How often AP is used in military aviation .

Postby yanes » Fri Jan 20, 2017 1:42 am

So by "busy" you mean that engaging the AP is a must , by "Follow route" or "attitude-hold" or something similar ?
please , correct me if I'm wrong .
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Re: [Curiosity]How often AP is used in military aviation .

Postby adam_one » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:44 am

Not necessarily a combat aircraft discussed but:

"Most of a flight is flown with the autopilot engaged. This allow the pilots to focus on other important tasks such as navigation, communication and systems operation."

http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/co ... /13921511/

All these answers seem to some times contradict eachother, but one recurring theme is fatigue.

http://aviation.stackexchange.com/quest ... -autopilot
https://www.quora.com/How-much-do-milit ... -autopilot
https://www.quora.com/Do-military-jets- ... ot-in-them

"Yes, virtually every military aircraft has an autopilot. Larger aircraft such as C-5s and KC-135s have sophisticated autopilots that mirror their civilian counterparts, with full flight planning and vertical navigation capability. Fighter aircraft have much simpler two-axis autopilots that offer basic workload relief during the ingress and egress phases."
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