Questions & Answers – Part 4… it’s here! Have I ever had a turnaround time of less than 25 minutes? What is it like to fly a twin engine plane after an engine failure? Can planes land automatically? And do you need to have experience with an airport before flying there? I received these questions per email and Instagram and today I will answer them. Do you have a question of your own? Please use the contact form on my website and perhaps your question is answered in Questions & Articles – Part 5!
|⇒ @avardy12 – Can planes land automatically? (picture)
Yes they can! Not all of them though… and even if the aircraft is able to land automatically the airport also needs to have equipement to enable an aircraft to land by itself. Besides the aircraft and the equipment on the ground the weather needs to be within certain limitations as well. Most autopilot systems are not able to perform an automatic landing in severe crosswind conditions. Basically pilots only use the auto land feature in bad visibility conditions or if the company they work for demands that most landings are done by the auto pilot.
In general, no. But there are exceptions… Pilots are responsible to brief themselves about airports, especially if they have never been there. There are also some airports that are off limits to pilots that haven’t completed special training. This is the case for some airports in the alps since weather conditions can change rapidly and there is high terrain everywhere. Samedan is one of those airports that requires commercial pilots to complete special training before going there. Special training can be completed by electronic briefings, exams and simulator training.
Thats it for now. Stay tuned for more!
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