Although formal methods for developing computer systems have been available for more than a decade, few have had significant impact in practice. A major barrier to their use is that developers find formal methods difficult to understand and apply. One exception is a formal method called SCR for specifying computer system requirements which, due to its easy-to-use tabular notation and demonstrated scalability, has achieved some success in industry. To demonstrate and evaluate the SCR method and tools, we recently used SCR to specify the requirements of a simplified mode control panel for the Boeing 737 autopilot. This paper presents the SCR requirements specification of the autopilot, outlines the process we used to create the SCR specification from a prose description, and discusses the problems and questions that arose in developing the specification. Formalizing and analyzing the requirements specification in SCR uncovered a number of problems with the original prose description, such as incorrect assumptions about the environment, incompleteness, and inconsistency. The paper also introduces a new tabular format we found useful in understanding and analyzing the required behavior of the autopilot. Finally, the paper compares the SCR approach to requirements with that of Butler , who uses the PVS language and prover  to represent and analyze the autopilot requirements.