chase pilot

chase pilot

[′chās ‚pī·lət]
(aerospace engineering)
A pilot who flies an escort airplane and advises another pilot who is making a check, training, or research flight in another craft.
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Assignments included backup TCae38 chase pilot for STS-1; support crew and backup entry spacecraft communicator for STS-2; and support crew and primary entry CAPCOM for STS-3.
The chase pilot helped guide the spaceship pilot during landing.
Monte Cannon, a project pilot and 416th FLTS F-16 chase pilot for the mission.
The JPMorgan Chase pilot is further evidence of the broad application of VeriFone's secure payment technologies," said Jesse Adams, VeriFone executive vice president, North America Sales.
In the year and a half I had been acting as a safety chase pilot flying a T-38, F-4 or F-104, the XB-70 had many close calls.
The takeoff chase pilot launched first, climbed over Rogers Dry Lake, and pulled up into a downwind pattern opposite the heading of the XB-70, which was awaiting start of takeoff roll on Runway 04.
Chase pilots routinely accompanied the XB-70 on every flight.
Flight procedures had not been published nor briefed to safety chase pilots on any special precautions to be taken in flying very close to the XB-70.
In his 30-year association with the Air Force, he was an air-rescue pilot in the mid-Pacific area, a photographic flight-test chase pilot, a motion-picture project officer, a photographic operations officer, chief of scientific and technical information at the Edwards Flight Test Center, and chief of photography and television at the Flight Test Center.
Because of its many mechanical problems, chase pilots nicknamed it "Cecil, the Seasick Sea Serpent.