No, it's not required, but it gives the tower a heads up to maybe keep airplanes at the approach hold line if possible so there isn't any signal degradation, though they aren't required to do so unless it's really a 600 RVR day.
Auotoland capable aircraft are required to have a "satisfactory" actual autoland logged in the log-book once every 90(?) days in order for the aircraft to stay autoland certified.
I don't like some of the things my autopilot does, but I love what the autopilot can do for workload management. Yes I can fly the airplane, but why overload your self and make a mistake. When you get into some heavy metal when the WX is low, your workload increases, a ton if your hand flying. I find it easier, and I can notice mishaps quicker with the autopilot at the controls.that would suck having to let the plane fly itself,i HATE autopilot,im the pilot not a computer!
Autopilot is my best friend (not really), but so helpful in hard IFR, especially single-pilot. And, as said above, it allows you to monitor things much more clearly with the attention not wholly on flying... ...heck, it's an awesome toy, and I love my toys.that would suck having to let the plane fly itself,i HATE autopilot,im the pilot not a computer!