Message posted by gordy on July 10, 2015 at 14:52:51 PST:
As I recall from discussions with flightcrews, the British have been using autoland routinely since the 60s with nobody the wiser. In those days the software wasn't as quick or precise so the auto throttles were a little rough in adjustment. The pilots would have the option of controlling just the throttles, reversers and brakes, allowing the computer to do the attitude, heading and flair. Input from instruments like the radar altimeter made for really nice landings with basically zero rate of descent at touchdown. Arguably, the computer may not be as intuitive regarding things like micro-bursts and when to correct for those. That being said, removing the pilot from the plane increases the g-load capabilities potentially making a dog fight a moot point in the future.
In Reply to: Re: LRS-B & RQ-180 posted by Gimbal on July 10, 2015 at 8:58:53 PST: