an S Tec autopilot
to read about
the history of the autopilot,
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Many light aircraft are fitted
with an autopilot (often called 'George') although it is not equipment
that is used during basic flight training.
Mooney was one of the first
manufacturing companies to fit a wing leveller as standard to their aircraft.
Indeed, early manuals recommended that it be deployed at all times. Modern units
will maintain altitude, compass heading, or will track a VOR or ADF signal. They
may be coupled with a GPS unit, and some are able to track a glideslope right
down to the runway.
Autopilots come into their own
on long flights, or when the pilot is flying in cloud and needs time to
navigate. Operation of these units varies with manufacturer and some are much
more user friendly than others.