The autopilot does not work

Yes it does work, but it is not like the standard autopilots you might be used to. There are two 'modes' and the autopilot behavior depends on the mode you are in. The two modes can be use mixed, so heading in Managed mode and altitude in Selected mode. It is very important you understand to recognize what mode you are in!

You want control over the aircraft you need to be in Selected mode!


In Managed modes the Flight Management Guidance Computer send information to the Autopilot systems so that it follows the programmed route. This route can include headings, altitudes and even speeds. The pilot selects this mode by pushing (left click) the appropriate selector knob on the Flight Control Unit.

Managed Speed:
On PFD the Target Airspeed shows in magenta
On the FCU the Speed/Mach will show dashes and a white dot
On the MCDU (PERF page) Managed mode is displayed with the target value

Lateral Guidance (NAV):
On the PFD the FMS will display NAV
On the FCU the Heading/Track window will show dashes and a white dot
On the PFD/ND the actual (not selected) heading and actual track is displayed
On the ND the flight plan track is displayed as a continuous green line


In Selected modes the pilot inserts the information and the aircraft will follow his manual input. The pilot selects this mode by pulling (right click) the appropriate selector knob on the Flight Control Unit and turning it the required setting.

Selected Speed:
On PFD the Target Airspeed shows in blue
On the FCU the Speed/Mach will display the Target Airspeed
On the MCDU (PERF page) Selected mode is displayed with the target value.

Lateral Guidance (HDG or TRK)
On the PFD the FMS will display HDG (or TRK)
On the PFD/ND the selected heading or Track Index (blue)
On the ND the flight plan track is displayed as a dashed green line and the actual track by a continuous green line
On the FCU the Heading/Track window will show the Target Heading (Track)

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