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pilot

noun A study that is shorter in duration with a smaller cohort, which is used to test a theory, design, process or product, before committing resources to a full fledged study. Also called feasibility study, pilot experiment, pilot study, “quick and dirty study”.
 
verb To try or test drive a thing or process, as in to pilot GP commissioning.
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"For instance, if the system that is being piloted is of a critical nature, then features such as availability, throughput or capacity can be sampled through the pilot system so that the end-users can gain sufficient confidence before embarking on the large scale implementation and deployment," he says.
They had also piloted aircrafts under the supervision of highly qualified pilots and instructors.
A Boeing 737-800 of low-cost airline Gol crashed on September 29 Brazil's air traffic control has said that the accident occurred after an executive jet piloted by two US citizens crossed paths with the passenger plane.