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Help! Turning off Autopilot makes my a/c nose pitch upwards wildly.

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Hello all ... I'm still a noob at flightsimming. When landing using ILS, about 50-100 ft AGL, I turn off the autopilot. Immediately my plane lurches upwards and I have a hard time controlling it (either it goes into stall mode or veers off course). All the guides I have read say I should turn off autopilot just before the landing at around 50-100 AGL depending upon the plane size I guess. (Right now I use either cessna172 or barron58). What am I doing wrong? I am assuming that my elevators are not set properly (i.e., they are in nose-up position). But how can I set my elevators to default position before turning off autopilot?(apologies if this is not the right forum to post in). Thanks.Desi Dude.

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Hi Desi,Disconnecting the autopilot at 50ft is pretty low, I would recommend disconnecting at 1000ft for airliners and not turning it on at all for light aircraft (unless you have a very long cruise segment).What do you use to control the aircraft? Keys? Yoke? Joystick?If you're using keys I would recommend a

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re-calibrate ur Joystick or yoke and should solve ur problemDick ReaMCA 372

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Thanks all for the answers. Still using plain keyboard keys. Guess I'll invest in a joystick as well soon. I realize that light aircraft can be flown without AP, but I wanted to learn the IFR/ILS landing. I'll raise the AGL to around 500-1000 ft for disconnecting AP and see if that makes it more controllable. Don't have any fsuipc or any commercial pkg yet. Someday perhaps when I want to start using vatsim / fsnav and all that fancy stuff I hear about.Desi Dude

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Make sure you're completely trimmed for "near" hands off flight before turning on the auto-pilot. It might not be still perfectly trimmed when turning off the auto-pilot, but it shouldn't react wildly either.L.Adamson

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>Thanks all for the answers. >>Still using plain keyboard keys. Guess I'll invest in a>joystick as well soon. I realize that light aircraft can be>flown without AP, but I wanted to learn the IFR/ILS landing. >I'll raise the AGL to around 500-1000 ft for disconnecting AP>and see if that makes it more controllable. >>Don't have any fsuipc or any commercial pkg yet. Someday>perhaps when I want to start using vatsim / fsnav and all that>fancy stuff I hear about.>>Desi Dude>Keyboard!!! OMG.... You really need a stick at the very least. I've heard of keyboard and mouse flying, but I've never been able to comprehend doing it. I'm sure you'll get some recommendations on a decent stick, probably a Saitek. I don't like them myself so I've been using the CH yoke and pedals.

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