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automatic pilot

Syllabification: au·to·mat·ic pi·lot

Definition of automatic pilot in English:

noun

A device for keeping an aircraft on a set course without the intervention of the pilot: figurative cruising through life on automatic pilot
More example sentences
  • 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.

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