Autopilot is a great outcome in our modern technology, it just shows that we have the capabilities to invent things that lessen our workload so that we may efficiently become more productive with our work.
The fact that some autopilots have a function that lands on their own is already amazing and allows pilots to do other things during flight. However, I would not be too dependent on just the autopilot system since errors also happen. All we need to do now is continue to improve our systems so that the workload of humans can lessen, and that modern technology can help support us in the future.
IMPORTANCE OF AUTO PILOT
In our present time, the importance of autopilot only increases overtime. This is because alongside its constant improvement towards helping the aircraft perform during cruise altitudes, and in some cases, landing, it also helps reduce the workload of pilots which in turn lessens the fatigue per flight.
Lawrence Sperry’s Contribution
The contributions of Lawrence Sperry have improved the aviation industry greatly because of the fact that his contributions are still being used in aircrafts to this day. The Gyroscopic Heading Indicator which was the father of what the autopilot systems of today would become, and that led to the decrease in workload for pilots during flights and increase in productivity.
- Fly Heading
- The heading mode is used to steer the aircraft automatically along a pilot selected heading.
- Flight Directors
- An FD is an extremely useful aid that displays cues to guide pilot or autopilot control inputs along a selected and computed flightpath.
- GPS Steering Function
- The GPSS function performs all of the same functions as the navigation function, but with more precision because it accepts inputs directly from the GPS receiver. As a result, the GPSS function more aggressively follows the desired route to the active waypoint, allowing only minor deviations from the desired path.
- Altitude Mode
- When the altitude mode is activated, the autopilot seeks to keep the airplane at the same barometric pressure (altitude) as it was when the altitude mode was activated.
- Altitude Select
- The altitude select/capture feature combines use of the activated vertical speed mode and an armed altitude hold mode. The altitude hold mode usually arms automatically when a different altitude is selected for capture and vertical speed is activated. With an altitude select/capture option or feature, the altitude hold mode disengages the vertical speed mode upon capture of the selected altitude once the vertical speed function completes the necessary climb or descent.