What is the difference between Autopilot and Autothrottle?

The difference between autopilot and autothrottle

is that "autopilot" is a mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic system used to guide a vehicle without assistance from a human being and "autothrottle" is an automatic throttle, allowing a pilot to control the power setting of an aircraft’s engines by specifying a desired flight characteristic, rather than manually controlling fuel flow.

autopilot

autothrottle

Noun

  • (aviation, nautical) A mechanical, electrical, or hydraulic system used to guide a vehicle without assistance from a human being.
  • (by extension, figurative) A state of mind where one no longer thinks about doing one’s actions, but acts mechanically

Related terms

  • automatic

Exemple

  • I set the autopilot to due south, so I could get some rest.
  • I’ve been doing this 12 hours non-stop, and am so hungry and tired that I’ve stopped thinking: I’m now on autopilot.

Verb

  • (intransitive, of a vehicle) To pilot itself; to drive or travel automatically.

Noun

  • An automatic throttle, allowing a pilot to control the power setting of an aircraft’s engines by specifying a desired flight characteristic, rather than manually controlling fuel flow.