three-axis autopilot

three-axis autopilot

An autonomous flight control system that has full authority in the pitch, roll, and yaw. See automatic pilot.
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Three-axis autopilot: Add a yaw damper controlling the rudder to a two-axis autopilot and you've automated flight in all three axes.
Imagine taking Jimmy Doolittle and Elmer Sperry for a ride in a four-seat, personal GA airplane with synthetic vision, downlink weather, onboard traffic and a three-axis autopilot that will fly the airplane to the fixed-distance markers within 10 feet of the centerline with navigation based on satellites orbiting hundreds of miles overhead.