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Autopilot – Glossary Definition


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cockpit A330-200 over the Atlantic autopilot definition
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What is Autopilot?

Autopilot is an aircraft system used to control a plane’s trajectory without manual control required.

Autopilot does not replace the need for a pilot or co-pilot (for now), but assists them in controlling the aircraft, allowing them to focus on broader aspects of operation, such as monitoring the trajectory, weather, and instrumentation systems. It also grants them a break during the middle of a flight, when human control is less necessary.

More on Autopilot

George” is a colloquial term for autopilot, which comes from the early days of flight when pilots found the idea so magical and novel that it felt that they had another pilot in the cockpit with them.

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