Definition of automatic pilot in English:

automatic pilot


  • A device for keeping an aircraft on a set course without the intervention of the pilot.

    figurative ‘cruising through life on automatic pilot’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Of course, formation flying was no place for an automatic pilot, but for lead ships in the formation they would have been really handy.’
    • ‘In 1965, a British European Airways jet airliner made the first landing by automatic pilot.’
    • ‘As Flight Engineer he must monitor the various manoeuvres, which are performed by automatic pilot, making sure that everything runs smoothly.’
    • ‘The automatic pilot is engaged, but the pilots don't relax until we leave dangerous airspace.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Those conditions forced its automatic pilot to change course quickly.’
    • ‘Disengage the automatic pilot and contact the control tower for clearance.’
    • ‘The speed valves control the rate at which the automatic pilot reacts to bring the airplane back on its course.’
    • ‘After climbing out and disappearing from sight above the clouds, the pilot switched on the automatic pilot and sat back, the story goes.’


automatic pilot

/ˈˌɔdəˈmædɪk ˈpaɪlət//ˈˌôdəˈmadik ˈpīlət/