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Minimum Altitude for Use of Autopilot

Abstract: This rulemaking will modify the way pilots operate an aircraft´s autopilot capabilities during flight. This action is necessary because evolving aircraft technologies have outpaced current FAA´s operational guidance for use of autopilots. The intended effect of this rulemaking is to allow movement of aircraft in safer and more efficient flight patterns, resulting in operator efficiency, while smoothly incorporating ever-increasing related technological changes.
RIN: 2120-AK11
Type: Rule Making
SUB TYPE General Operating and Flight Rules
Disposition Pending
Action Office AFS
Government Level Affected No


  • (ii) An altitude no lower than 50 feet higher than the altitude loss specified in the AFM ...
    Public Submission
    Posted: 12/05/2012
    Submitter Name: John ...
  • Please see the attached file for NBAA's Comments
    Public Submission
    Posted: 02/05/2013
    Submitter Name: Mark ...
    Organization: National Business Aviation Association
  • "touchdown zone elevation" should read "touchdown zone/threshhold elevation" (TDZE)
    Public Submission
    Posted: 12/05/2012
    Submitter Name: Debra ...
    Organization: Aeronautical Navigation Products