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autopilot

[′ȯd·ō‚pī·lət]
(navigation)
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Combining an Optimus system with a Garmin autopilot gives the helmsman a whole new level of control.
After all, the G5 EHSI is intended to replace mechanical, vacuum-driven DGs--many of which work with the heading channel on a variety of existing autopilots.
Critical phases are usually when autopilots do unexpected things: on departures or approaches.
As with many all-glass panels with integrated autopilot, an altitude preselect system feeds the autopilot for nicely automated climbs and descents.
NASDAQ: GRMN), the global leader in satellite navigation, today announced its new GHP 20 Steer-by-Wire Autopilot - a marine autopilot certified for VIPER (Viking Independent Programmable Electro-hydraulic Rudder) steering systems on Viking Yachts.
Autopilots fall under NORSEE's definition of equipment intended to measurably increase safety, but aren't required by FAA regulations.
The same GPS can do different things with different autopilots, especially if the GPS is an early model or the autopilot design is more than a decade or so old.
The digital system is lighter, more capable, and more reliable than previous P-3 autopilots, said Andre Doumitt, business development manager.
As for Trio Avionics, it started in the experimental market around the year 2000 and has close to 3000 autopilots flying in a variety of aircraft, including the Van's RV and in EZ models.
Here's a question that's come up twice recently: Can you fly a VOR-only approach while letting the autopilot fly the GPS overlay or course instead?
Autopilots can hold a certain amount of control force without changing trim, so commonly the aircraft is slightly out-of-trim at the moment you disconnect the autopilot.