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Definition of “Autopilot

Autopilot is an integrated system of components and software that automates the monitoring and control of an aircraft’s flight and navigation. It acts as a self-contained, self-sustaining device that permits the aircraft to fly without direct human involvement. The autopilot system is designed to maintain the aircraft either in level flight or on a predetermined course, with adjustments made periodically to compensate for wind and weather conditions.

The system can be directed by the pilot, who enters instructions through a control panel, or it can be coupled to a radio navigation signal. The autopilot can manage various aspects of flight, including altitude, speed and heading. It also has the ability to make necessary automatic course adjustments when the aircraft deviates from its predetermined course or encounters unexpected turbulence.

Autopilot provides increased safety and a more comfortable flight experience. It reduces pilot workload, which decreases the risk of human error. The system allows the pilot to focus on other important aspects of flight operations, such as monitoring weather conditions and managing communications with air traffic control. All in all, this technology is an essential component of modern aviation, providing greater safety, comfort and efficiency in air travel.

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