Examples from the Web for autopilot
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?|Clive Irving|September 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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.
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|Nick Gillespie|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The autopilot functioned perfectly, however, and Logan trusted it to the point of insouciance.Tight Squeeze|Dean Charles Ing
Carol hugged him until he relinquished control to the autopilot and gave her his undivided attention.Fly By Night|Arthur Dekker Savage
The autopilot of RI 276 had no intention of letting this happen, of course.Pushbutton War|Joseph P. Martino
This either knocked out the autopilot or shocked it into submission.
The altimeter had fed information to the autopilot, leveling the boat off parallel to the ground.