Origin of autopilot
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The autopilot would be used throughout a normal flight because the 777, like all large airliners, is difficult to fly manually.MH370 Debris Is Lost Forever, Can the Plane Be Found Without It?
September 7, 2014
Frequent attempts to contact the Boeing 737 failed as it flew on under the control of the autopilot.
Australian investigators say they believe the doomed Boeing 777 flew on autopilot and that the crew was incapacitated.
Consequently they had given false readings which, in turn, had caused the autopilot system to shut down.Why Is Malaysia Hiding Its Report on MH370?
April 28, 2014
From infrastructure improvements to entitlement spending, government is on autopilot, according to author Philip K. Howard.Our Mindless Government Is Heading for a Spending Disaster
April 10, 2014
Finally, satisfied with the ship's orientation, the autopilot rested.
The autopilot of RI 276 had no intention of letting this happen, of course.
Had it been transmitting then, the autopilot would simply have homed on it.
Now he inserted it into the receiving tray of the autopilot and tripped a lever.Starman's Quest
This either knocked out the autopilot or shocked it into submission.Deathworld
- short for automatic pilot
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Word Origin and History for autopilot
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