Landing the 747 on autopilot

Date:         26 Jun 98 02:38:00 
From:         Prashanth Kuchibhotla <me@yoyoma.edu>
Organization: ASIC, Texas Instruments
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I was grazing the channels last night and came across the last 1/2 hour
of a truly awful Hollywood formula terror-in-the-skies movie. The only
reasons I stayed were the B747 and Lauren Holly (in that order). The
ending showed the B747 completely landing itself hands-off after Ms.
Holly programs in the runway and airport codes into the computer.
Brakes. Thrust reversers. The works. All hands-off.

I remember reading somewhere that the 747 (at least the new ones) can
land itself. True? How often has it been tried? In regular passenger
service?

Prashanth
Dallas, Texas