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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.
an official who conducts ships in dangerous and difficult waters, into and out of ports, and within harbor areas. A pilot uses a pilot vessel to reach a ship that has summoned him, boards it, and assists the navigator in piloting the ship by the safest course.
ii. To pilot. To fly an aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicle either from the ground or another aircraft.
iii. The short form of autopilot.
iv. A person licensed to operate an aircraft, glider, balloon, or airship in flight.
PILOT(1) (Programmed Inquiry Learning Or Teaching) A high-level programming language used to generate question-and-answer courseware. A version that incorporated turtle graphics ran on Atari computers.
(2) (Pilot Software, Cambridge, MA, www.pilotsoftware.com) A corporate provider of business analytics solutions whose technologies included PilotWorks Suite, a business intelligence product with more than 15 years of development, and Pilot Hit List, which is software for website reporting and analysis. In early 2007, Hit List was acquired by Web analytics company Marketwave, and shortly thereafter, Pilot itself was acquired by SAP.