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be on automatic pilot

To function or do something automatically, without thinking about one's actions, generally because one has done something many times in the past. Also used in the shortened form, "be on autopilot." By the second week of data entry, I felt like I was on automatic pilot. Making bottles, changing diapers, and putting the baby to sleep were all challenging at first, but now I feel like I'm on automatic pilot when I do it. Sometimes I arrive at work without remembering how I got there, like I was on automatic pilot the whole time.
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on automatic pilot

Automatically, without thinking about one's actions, generally because one has done something many times in the past. Also used in the shortened form, "on autopilot." By the second week of data entry, I could fill in the spreadsheets on automatic pilot. Making bottles, changing diapers, and putting the baby to sleep were all challenging at first, but now I feel like I'm doing it all on automatic pilot. Sometimes I arrive at work without remembering how I got there, like I was on automatic pilot the whole time.
See also: automatic, on, pilot

on autopilot

(Functioning) automatically, without thinking about one's actions, generally because one has done something many times in the past. By the second week of data entry, I could fill in the spreadsheets on autopilot. Making bottles, changing diapers, and putting the baby to sleep were all challenging at first, but now I feel like I'm doing it all on autopilot. Sometimes I arrive at work without remembering how I got there, like I was on autopilot the whole time.
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on automatic pilot

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on autopilot

COMMON If you are on automatic pilot or on autopilot, you are acting without thinking about what you are doing, usually because you have done it many times before or because you are very tired. Note: `Autopilot' is often written as `auto-pilot' in British English. Steve seemed to be on automatic pilot and able to go on driving without apparent fatigue. Note: You can also say that you go on to automatic pilot or on to autopilot if you start acting in this way. When the kids came home I just switched on to autopilot, making the tea, listening to them fight. Note: In aircraft, automatic pilot is a device which automatically keeps the plane on course without the need for the pilot to do much.
See also: automatic, on, pilot

be on ˌautomatic ˈpilot

do something without thinking because you have done the same thing many times before: I got up and dressed on automatic pilot.
The automatic pilot is the device in an aircraft that keeps it on a fixed course without the need for a person to control it. It is often shortened to ‘autopilot’: I did the journey on autopilot.
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"Not so," said Mike David, owner of Executive Autopilots. "Like your project, most of our work is on aircraft that are already compliant and want more upgrades, or are complete panel refits.
The key players in global autopilot system market are Rockwell Collins, Inc., Bae Systems PLC, Honeywell International Inc, Garmin Ltd, Trimble Navigation Limited, Furuno Electric Co Ltd, Comnav Marine Ltd, Micropilot, Inc, Raymarine Uk Ltd, Raytheon Anschutz Gmbh, Navico Group, 3D Robotics Inc and DJI Science and Technology Co., Ltd.
Autopilot technology isn't new--the first autopilot was developed in 1905, Tayebi said--but the technology has been rapidly progressing since then.
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But thanks to a welcomed switch in FAA regulatory mentality, the certified market has recently seen no fewer than three new budget-based and full-featured autopilots (priced under ten grand) trickle down from the experimental aircraft world.
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