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"Bernhard Stößel" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Im from Germany and I am going to start with my Privat Pilot License
> in spring next year. The flight school in Nuremberg uses several
> mostly Cessna 172 Skyhawk. They also use one Cessna 182 and two Piper
> airplanes.Ive heard that the Cessna 172 Skyhawk has an KFC 150 autopilot
> (single-axis ???) installed. But now I have two questions:
As far as I know, the KFC-150 is very similar to the KFC-200 which Im used
to. From what Ive seen it differs only in the controller used, and the
presence of a go-around switch.
Its a two-axis attitude sensing system and its certainly one of the better
light aircraft autopilots. It has a flight director as an integral part of
the system. It controls the aircraft in both roll and pitch. The flight
director displays the attitude required and, if the a/p is engaged, the a/p
servos control the aircraft to put it in that attitude. That means that the
AI is very sophisticated (think $$$ -- sorry DMDMDM ;-).
For training, its not worth paying extra for an aircraft with this system
installed. For rental, Id say its a significant bonus, particularly for
IFR, but I guess thats a long way away for you at the moment.
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