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A device for keeping an aircraft on a set course without the intervention of the pilot.figurative ‘cruising through life on automatic pilot’
- ‘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 speed valves control the rate at which the automatic pilot reacts to bring the airplane back on its course.’
- ‘Those conditions forced its automatic pilot to change course quickly.’
- ‘Of course, formation flying was no place for an automatic pilot, but for lead ships in the formation they would have been really handy.’
- ‘Disengage the automatic pilot and contact the control tower for clearance.’
- ‘In 1965, a British European Airways jet airliner made the first landing by automatic pilot.’
- ‘After climbing out and disappearing from sight above the clouds, the pilot switched on the automatic pilot and sat back, the story goes.’
- ‘The automatic pilot is engaged, but the pilots don't relax until we leave dangerous airspace.’
- ‘In the Indiana crash, the automatic pilot shut down when the icing became extreme and returned control of the craft to the pilots.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘As Flight Engineer he must monitor the various manoeuvres, which are performed by automatic pilot, making sure that everything runs smoothly.’
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