The DC-9 is equipped with the Sperry SP-50 Automatic Flight Control System (AFCS), which is a gyroscopically controlled electromechanical system. The DC-9 is an old school aircraft and the autopilot installed in this aircraft is very much old school too. If you are used to flying with modern autopilots, you will find that this autopilot works a bit differently than the other autopilots you may be familiar with.
Just recently came across an article on the Internet that detailed the differences between the various DC-9 models, as well as the MD-80 series, the MD-90 and B717. I thought it was a very interesting article and I wanted to share it with you.
Did you enjoy the video tutorial Stuart Ball created last week on how to startup the Super 80 Pro? Well, Stu is back with more. 5 new video tutorials on how to fly the MD-80 like a pro! This time in HD widescreen format!
The cowboy's checklist for the DC-9 Classic, created by Thomas Thurnheer, contains the minimal steps needed to operate the DC-9 Classic. This checklist has been designed for those who like to keep the workload low while starting out flying the DC-9 Classic or for flying online.