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Is it generally good practice to disengage A/T when disengaging the AP?I have had quite a few problems staying on the glideslope while maintaining safe airspeed with A/T turned on until I hit the DH and ultimately crashed, because A/T could not react quick enough to keep me from stalling.

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I don't fly Airbus aircraft but with all the Boeings I fly like the PMDG and Level D 767, I leave A/T on until on short, short final. This is what was recommended to me by a Major Airline 767 Check pilot.

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Yea, I think it all depends on airline policy. Southwest, so I have read, doesn't even allow the operation of A/T and even VNAV at all.

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Airbus say (in fact without checking I think recommend) that you can use autothrust through the entire approach until retarding for landing.


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Howard

 

H D Isaacs

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Well, my problem was that i left my A/T on yesterday, as usual, but during my approach last night, which i have decided to fly by hand with only the A/T turned on, I had major problems with the thurst.The weather was pretty good, but gusty winds made the A/T very unpredictable. During my final, I was repeatedly greeted by the "too low, flaps" warning and had major trouble staying on the glideslope, although i was in managed speed mode.

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