So u push back, taxi, and then take off right? Yes. Seconds after the nose lifts up from the ground and the entire aircraft is up, autopilot is enabled right? okay later seconds before touching down, do you disable it and land it manually? For a while I’ve used autopilot to land it, but I’ve had one of the best landing yesterday by disengaging the autopilot seconds before touching down. Only problem is that when u disable it ur plane goes all over the place, like the nose tips down or up really steeply. Is this correct? Tell me how to fix it. Thanks…

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Well it depends on how you were holding your device when you started 'cause that’s when it gets calibrated.
You have to hold your device the exact way to keep it level when disengaging the auto pilot, otherwise the aircraft will adjust to the new position of the device right away.


I usually fly the initial departure by hand (manually) if I’m making a turn right after takeoff and I’ll continue flying by hand anywhere from 2000-3000 feet depending on the departure after which I will engage the AP. When landing (depending on visibility) I usually disengage the AP at about 1500-1000 feet and hand fly it from there. Most importantly whenever you’re engaging or disengaging the AP you its a good idea to recalibrate and trim.

Calibrate your device before you turn off autopilot, this prevents it from changing too much off course. Also you could try disengaging autopilot before you’re close to touching down, this gives you time to adjust to the change. I recommend disengaging the autopilot before descent and use the ILS (Glidescope and Localizer) to land manually, it’s much more fun


No, not seconds after takeoff and before landing.
The A/P should be engaged at around 8.000 ft while climbing and disengaged before reaching 500 ft while descending.

For the nose dive check this:

Takeoffs and landings are always completely manual.


Ok that is very helpful! One more thing. On advance server when they tell me to decent and maintain idk let’s say 4000 ft, before I make my decent I first lower the speed to about 200knts, turn on my flight spoilers and then put 4000 in the autopilot and I usually have a 1400 what ever its called. It’s the button underneath the altitude thing. I lower the speed and turn spoilers on because it makes the aircrafts nose pull up a bit. I do this because I like to imagine that there are actually passengers on board and I want to make there flight more confortable than a nose down decent. Any way, when I reach 4,000ft the nose of the plane just pulls all the way up until it sometimes stalls and that’s when I turn on flaps so it levels out! Why does it do this? Help me

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Passengers don’t feel the aircraft’s pitch that much.

I usually disengage the Autopilot at around 3000 ft.

I can confirm this. I was on a jetBlue flight on Saturday. You really don’t feel any pitch, just descending.

Isn’t that way to soon?

No it’s not to soon.

I don’t use auto pilot so nope not to soon 😏

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I manually fly up to 10,000ft then fly by autopilot. I fly that far manually so I don’t break to speed violations.

You should disengage at landing when aligned with the glidescope or about 4 nm out from the runway

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Yes its best to land without autopilot!

When you alan you probably should switch off your autopilot when you reach the localiser or have the runway in sight. This meaning you are probably at 3-4000ft and are preparing to land. The only safe way to descend when landing is to have the nose up!

The only autopilot badge that should be used “sometimes” is the heading gage known as HDG gage. This should only be sued when you wind conditions are minimal (2kts-0kts) otherwise you won’t lineup properly if you have stronger wind. Make sure to scroll to the landing section! Anyway this whole tutorial should help.

If you want more detail on how to land check my B737-800 Tutorial which explains landing at the bottom section. This may be a B737-800 but it helps anyhow!

Cheers Oli H

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It is fun to land using auto land only and get it just perfect.
You can’t have any wind though. Flaring is also a challenge. :)
I wouldn’t recommend it on Live though. Too big of a risk.

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this is why

before each take off i calibrate the device
before each time i disengage autopilot i calibrate