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pilot

[pahy-luht]
pilot, person responsible for safe navigation of a ship or airplane. A ship's pilot is an individual possessing local knowledge of coastal waters. Usually licensed by public authority (in the United States, by the U.S. Coast Guard), he is taken on board to conduct a ship to or from port. The airplane pilot, in contrast to the ship's pilot, has overall command of the craft, which is operated, generally, with the assistance of a copilot. Before an airplane pilot can be licensed in the United States, he must clock a prescribed amount of solo flying experience and pass a series of tests given by the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration.
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Music

  • Pilot (band), a pop rock group best known for their 1975 hit songs "Magic" and "January"

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  • Pilot (aviation), an aviator who flies aircraft
  • Pilot (experiment), a precursor to a full study
  • Pilot light, a small outlet of gas kept continually burning and generally used to light the larger burners on the appliance
  • Pilot signal, or pilot tone, in telecommunications, provided as a frequency or phase reference
  • Pilot (locomotive), the device at the front of a locomotive to deflect obstacles (also known as a cowcatcher)
  • Station pilot, a locomotive based at a major railway station for the purposes of shunting passenger coaches and vans
  • Pilot (icebreaker), the first icebreaker, built in 1864
  • Maritime pilot, a mariner who guides ships through dangerous or congested waters, such as harbours or river mouths.

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