How Does Autopilot Work? A Pilot Explains What It Can and Can’t Do | WSJ

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Think of autopilot like cruise control on a car.

Autopilot is used on nearly every flight, but it’s not obvious just what it does. American Airlines Capt. Sonya Laxo explains the tech behind autopilot, how it’s used and why it isn’t really “auto.” Photo Illustration: Laura Kammermann

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