A device for keeping an aircraft on a set course without the intervention of the pilot: figurative cruising through life on automatic pilot
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- 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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Syllabification: au·to·mat·ic pi·lot
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