automatic pilot

That part of an automatic flight control system that provides attitude stabilization, in all three planes, with respect to internal references. It may also permit leveling out at the desired altitude, or rolling out onto the desired heading. However, some autopilot systems have restricted capability in that they bring back aircraft into a wings-level attitude but do not provide any pitch stabilization. In the case of helicopters, autopilot may also provide autohovering capability.
A simple 3-axis autopilot.

Aviation dictionary. 2014.

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