I brought the subject up in a different thread. Rather than hijack that thread, I'll start a new one here ...
The Shuttle is hand-flown on final. Why bother? Why not do an autoland?
During the days when the Phantom was the US Navy's front line carrier based fighter, they experimented with an autoland system. The pilots who used it conceded that the autoland did a better job than they ever could, but at night and especially in bad weather at night, most of them couldn't stand the feeling of not being in control. Therefore they typically would cancel autoland and complete their approaches manually. The autoland experiment was soon cancelled and, to my knowledge, there has been no pressure to repeat it.
I personally would not want to sit through an actual zero-zero landing, even though these go all the way back to the days of the Trident, and even though there has not, to my knowledge, ever been a Cat III landing accident. (The professionals will have to forgive me if I'm not using proper terminology, or if my facts are wrong. As always, please do correct me.)
Thoughts? Opinions? Experiences?