pilot nail

pilot nail

A temporary nail which is used to hold boards or timbers together until the permanent nails are driven in.
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For example, its constant airspeed climb (IAS button) results in a constant-airspeed climb on departure, helping a pilot nail the airplane's best rate of climb speed.
The pilot nail head then works in conjunction with the anvil plate to peen the rivets automatically, releasing their pilot nails in the process.
Pilot nail heads then work in conjunction with the anvil plate to peen the rivets automatically, releasing their pilot nails in the process.
The patented pilot nails allow the rivets to penetrate the belt without damaging or weakening the belt carcass.