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A device for keeping an aircraft on a set course without the intervention of the pilot.
- ‘Of course, formation flying was no place for an automatic pilot, but for lead ships in the formation they would have been really handy.’
- ‘The automatic pilot had been programmed to fly the plane to Athens airport, and it was unclear how or why it had been disengaged, he said.’
- ‘The automatic pilot is engaged, but the pilots don't relax until we leave dangerous airspace.’
- ‘He changed course to starboard and, implementing David's suggestion, set the automatic pilot and went to make himself some coffee, which he wanted badly.’
- ‘After climbing out and disappearing from sight above the clouds, the pilot switched on the automatic pilot and sat back, the story goes.’
- ‘Disengage the automatic pilot and contact the control tower for clearance.’
- ‘In the Indiana crash, the automatic pilot shut down when the icing became extreme and returned control of the craft to the pilots.’
- ‘Those conditions forced its automatic pilot to change course quickly.’
- ‘The speed valves control the rate at which the automatic pilot reacts to bring the airplane back on its course.’
- ‘As Flight Engineer he must monitor the various manoeuvres, which are performed by automatic pilot, making sure that everything runs smoothly.’
- ‘In 1965, a British European Airways jet airliner made the first landing by automatic pilot.’
on automatic pilot
Out of routine or habit, without concentration or conscious thought:‘I leapt out of bed and dressed on automatic pilot’
distractedly, inattentively, abstractedly, unheedingly, carelessly, absent-mindedly, on automatic pilotView synonyms
- ‘Sometimes a conductor stands in front of musicians, waves his or her arms, they respond on automatic pilot, and you get serviceable, dull music and the waste of a conductor's fee.’
- ‘I'm functioning on automatic pilot and am by then well on my way into the second half pint of coffee.’
- ‘If you're unsure of your parenting skills, try taking on one task at a time and doing it regularly - you'll soon be operating on automatic pilot.’
- ‘They often lead their private lives on automatic pilot, but many of them feel seriously deprived, because they don't have real emotional connections.’
- ‘She walked on automatic pilot to the tube and changed trains at Embankment without waking up.’
- ‘It is a sentence written by someone who is writing on automatic pilot, putting down the thoughts pretty much as they popped into her head, and not bothering to arrange them in a sensible order once they were set down on paper.’
- ‘Having seen this quartet perform before, I was alarmed at how tired and bored the violinist looked, almost appearing as if he was playing this glorious first violin part on automatic pilot.’
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