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    CWS (Control Wheel Steering)

    Could someone explain to me what is CWS, control wheel steering. and how it relates to real world and simming.

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    I could be wrong but I believe CWS allows the pilot to change heading with the yoke whilst the A/P is holding ALT for instance. PMDG does not simulate this so it doesn't work in my sim. Maybe PMDG NGX will be better.

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    It does work in the DF727. The Sperry SP-50 is a dual axis AP. The elevator hold may be engaged independantly of the aileron hold. However, the aileron hold may not be engaged without the elevator hold already on.

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    CWS in a 737 holds pitch or attititude regardless of altitude or heading.

    In other words it is used in turbulance when the pilot wants to hold say a 5 degree positive nose up attitude and wings level.

    If he engaged the auto pilot it would be over correcting to try and maintain a heading or altitude or VS. This creates a very bumpy ride for the pax.

    It is prefered when in turbulance that pitch and bank are hedl rather than position.

    I asked a 737 training captain this exact question last thursday.

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