Originally Posted by RFSchaller
I had 6 airplanes before finishing my RV-12, and none had an autopilot. For 27 years I hand flew trips that frequently were over 1000 NM. I elected to put in the autopilot in my RV-12, and I got so spoiled that I put an AP in my Cherokee too. If you do a lot of cross country flying you will be glad you put in the AP.
You'll never know how fatiguing a cross country flight
really is . . . until you do the same flight with an autopilot or second pilot handling all the cruise legs.
I would not own a cross country airplane without one. Not to mention the safety aspect.