automatic pilot

Definitions

Electronics

  • In an aircraft, a system which automatically maintains a programmed course by monitoring factors such as speed, altitude, and attitude, while sending the necessary signals to the appropriate controls. sophisticated automatic pilots can fly an airplane from immediately after takeoff, all the way to its destination, and then make an automatic landing. The term also applies to sea vessels. Also called autopilot.
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Travel

  • noun computerised equipment in an aircraft which allows it to fly without intervention from the captain
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