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The curious case of a Tesla smash, Autopilot blamed, and the driver's next-day U-turn



In every airplane I have ever flown, applying a certain amount pressure (it varies a little by aircraft) to flight controls, disengages the autopilot. You can make course/altitude/climb rate/decent rate/etc changes without disengaging the autopilot, but you have to use either the autopilot controls, or in same cases (course changes) you can do it from the Nav gear.

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