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automatic pilot

Aeronautics. an airborne electronic control system that automatically maintains a preset heading and attitude.
on automatic pilot, functioning in an unthinking or reflexive manner.
Origin of automatic pilot
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Throughout your flight the robot will control the throttles and the plane's automatic pilot.
  • He then switched the steering mechanism to automatic pilot.
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  • automatic pilot and automatic ballast and trim functions are desired.
  • The controls included an automatic pilot and two sets of instruments.
  • Your body will subconsciously go into automatic pilot and express behaviorisms that undermine your testimony.
British Dictionary definitions for automatic pilot

automatic pilot

Also called autopilot. a device that automatically maintains an aircraft on a preset course
(informal) on automatic pilot, acting without conscious thought because of tiredness, shock, or familiarity with the task being performed
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