Integrate Manual Flight Control into IF

With upcoming technology, such as unmanned aircraft and autopilot, pilots are starting to slack off on their stick and rudder skills, which are crucial for emergencies or when the autopilot fails.

As a major influence in future pilots, like me, I think it would be beneficial if IF added a requirement time for manual flight control time. This would improve the skills of future IRL pilots using IF, and increase the quality of pilots on IF.

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I would agree, but what would that flight time have to be. Mainly stating because most pilots only use manual controls during, take off, climb, and landing. So what i’m trying to get out of this statement is, if that feature lets say was added, why would there have to be a manual flight control time when using autopilot and new systems are given to you ,

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I disagree. If people want to use Auto Pilot, I say let 'em. It is an iPhone game after all.


i think this good could be renamed Manual Flight Control requirements

Got to agree with @GolferRyan on this one, if this does ever come into place, I would imagine it only being on Expert.

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The chances of a emergency or autopilot failure are extremely tiny. This is a phone game after all, and I bet only the very hardcore will actually like this.

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I disagree on this, pilot’s in real life barely use manual controls in flight, mainly just during takeoff, and short final. In fact the airlines don’t like it when even experienced pilot’s take controls into their hands because it’s not fuel efficient or practical. I’m not discouraging using manual flight controls rather I don’t think there should be a requirement.


Nice idea but I have to disagree. As my peers have said above, use of autopilot or manually flying should be the pilot’s preference.

To be honest, I don’t think this is needed. If you want to fly with some realism, you will need your mins of manual flying.

I do enough, I manual fly till 10,000 and I fly manual on approach from 1500

I don’t think this should be implemented but I think it’s a great idea for pilots who want ultra realism. As said above multiple times, real life pilots do not manually fly the plane for most of the flight. Plus, as of now, the Devs are busy working in the CRJ Series.

MaxSez: FYI;

The US FAA is failing to ensure that airline pilots maintain their flying skills so that they can safely take over control of an aircraft from automated systems during an unexpected event, according to a Transportation Department report.

The report by the department’s Office of the Inspector General concludes that the FAA cannot determine how often pilots fly manually and has not ensured that airline training adequately focuses on manual skills.

Airline pilots typically fly planes manually on landings and take-offs, leaving the aircraft under the control of automated technology 90 percent of the time. While automated systems have generally improved aviation safety, experts say the practice and the growing complexity of automated technology have raised concerns about flying skills.

The government watchdog also found that the US aviation regulatory agency lacks the ability to ensure that pilots are fully trained to use and monitor automated flight systems.

“The agency is missing important opportunities to ensure that pilots maintain skills needed to safely fly and recover in the event of a failure with flight deck automation or an unexpected event,” the report said.

An FAA spokesman declined to comment, but pointed to an FAA memorandum contained in the report, in which the agency shared the inspector general’s concerns and said it was developing training guidelines and discussing operations and training with industry stakeholders including airlines, pilots and flight attendants.

The National Transportation Safety Board in 2014 found that an Asiana Airlines Boeing 777 crashed and caught fire at San Francisco Airport in 2013 because the pilot lacked critical skills and the flight crew relied too heavily on an automated system it did not fully understand. Three people died and 49 others were seriously injured in the crash.

In a separate case, the NTSB said that 49 passengers and crew members aboard a Colgan Air Bombardier DHC-8-400 regional flight died in 2009 after the flight crew failed to monitor the plane’s slowing airspeed while on instrument approach to Buffalo-Niagara Airport in upstate New York. The crew responded incorrectly to an automated warning of an imminent stall.

The plane crashed into a residence, killing everyone on board and a man on the ground.
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Mmm…I think it should be optional, because I always have a busy schedule, so I take off, then a few minutes later, I put A/P and go to school/practice/whatever. I just use A/P for around 90-95% of the flight depending on the length because I don’t have a lot of time for IF.

I agree that as a pilot you are in control of the aircraft and it’s up to you on how you control it. However, as @Maxmustang post proved, it is important for real life pilots, I agree, not so much on sims