I use only manual for both. In the early days of the P3, I used to show people the auto land feature just to impress them since at that time the auto landings were very smooth and gentle. Amazing really. Then with FW v1.32 or so, auto landings for the P3A/P3P models were no longer smooth and gentle so I stopped using it completely and now hand catch exclusively. We have had many people ask here why the P3A/P3P does not auto land as smoothly as does the P3S. There's no real answer and it's not related to the VPS on the A/P.Just wondering how many folks use auto takeoff/landings. I personally takeoff and land manually on all flights, including RTH. Pros/Cons.
if I were you, I'd take a TV tray with me to get my bird off the ground for takeoffs.I fly in the desert where the ground is dirt and dust is kicked up when the motors start and the AC takes off. This I live with. I always hand catch to minimize the dust being blown on the AC.