On approach to SKBO this morning in the A320, capturing the localizer on a 30 degree angle, below the glideslope, and the aircraft begins to wildly over-correct for altitude, speed, and heading.
How… HOW is this not fixed by now? Why is the autopilot not smart enough to know that it needs to reduce the thrust when I’m approaching the set speed, instead waiting for me to GET TO THAT SPEED before reducing, and vice versa for descents? Why does the throttle shoot up to 100% when I set climb speed after departure? Why does LNAV wait SO LONG to initiate a turn on path to a waypoint, so that I end up shooting wide and having to turn back on myself? Why, when capturing the glideslope, does it wait for me to be above the glidepath before beginning the descent down it? Why isn’t there more anticipation programmed in… (I know it is programmed in, otherwise we would be turning right when we’re on top of waypoints!) why does autopilot seem so STIFF?! Why isn’t it more SMOOTH?
I understand that not all of the planes have correct physics but COME ON. This plane was updated not too long ago – and even newer planes have this issue as well, including the 772 and A350. I don’t always want to hand fly the approach, especially when I need to intercept the localizer 15nm away from the threshold.
If this seems rant-y, that’s because it is. I’m very disappointed that these issues haven’t been addressed yet, especially with how much pilots are relying on VNAV and LNAV now with the introduction of SIDs and STARs. I love this game, I hit 1,000,000 XP recently… but more and more, I’m beginning to understand all of the complaints that I see regularly on this community forum.
Discuss below. Lol.