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Hi again,Are you supposed to fly with the A/T on right the way to touching the ground in the 737?? What is normal practice in the real world for this type??Thanks in advanceMark

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If you are doing an autoland then definitely yes.... It will automatically idle the throttles just before touchdown.If you are hand flying an approach with the auto- throttle you will need to turn it off just before touchdown.Peter

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>you will need to turn it off just before touchdown.Would real world pilots do that via soft disconnect or hard disconnect. I would think soft because of the event of a go around.

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During a manual landing it is safe to touchdown with the autothrottle engaged. It will automatically disengage at touchdown. This is not a common technique though. Except for a CAT II/IIIa autoland, the autothrottle is usually disengaged by the PF during a manual landing at around 100 to 500 feet AGL.Floyd

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>During a manual landing it is safe to touchdown with the>autothrottle engaged. It will automatically disengage at>touchdown. This is not a common technique though. >Except for a CAT II/IIIa autoland, the autothrottle is usually>disengaged by the PF during a manual landing at around 100 to>500 feet AGL.>>Floyd Yes but that would go for good weather, if it was windy I doubt that A/T could react as fast as the PIC could...[h4]Randy J. Smith[/h4]AMD 64 4000+|ASUS K8V DELUXE|SAPPHIRE ATI X800XT PE|MUNCHKIN 3200|80 gig SATA|DELL 1905FP 19" LCD|TRACKir PRO|PFC JEPPESEN MOONEY YOKE|CH PRO PEDALS|

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It gets a little hectic for me at touchdown so I disconnect A/T when I see they have been idled. I don't have the fastest fingers in the world so I try to keep my workload to a minimum. But I do let the A/P idle the throttles before disconnect.

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I disconnect the 'A/T' when the speed reaches the setting I require for a comfortable landing.The autothrottle continues to thrust at that setting until I close the throttles manually before touchdown.I find that this tip works on all aircraft.Origin: Ian P of www.knightair.org Dave T. .........On the Devon Riviera and active 'FlightSim User's Group' member at http://www.flightsimgrpuk.free-online.co.uk/

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Just to add, the pilot can always easily override the autothrottle's position and hold the thrust levers in a new position. By the way, when doing an auto land, airspeed bugs are always set a Vref+5. It is not necessary to add 1/2 the wind and all the gust like in a manual landing. This is because the autothrottle has a very capable wind gust sensing system. Floyd

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