How Does Autopilot Actually Work?

From Tech Insider.

An automatic flight control system is described as dumb and dutiful. The success of the autopilot depends on the knowledge of the actual human pilot.

Autopilot isn’t as “auto” as you might think. It lets a pilot fly without white-knuckling the controls. Like a polar bear, autopilot functions through a negative feedback loop.

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How Does Autopilot Actually Work?