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PILOT

[pī′lət]
a computer interpreter language, similar to BASIC, used in computer-assisted instruction.

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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Selected for the honor this year are Bruce Hinds, the first B-2 pilot; Louis Schalk, the first Blackbird pilot; Fred Ascani, a one-time speed-record holder; Stanley Butchart, the man who piloted the mother ship for numerous rocket-plane flights; and Corwin ``Corky'' Meyer, who piloted many of the airplanes developed by Grumman Corp.
Tuesday's re-enactment began with two F-16 fighters taking off, circling once, then forming up with the larger F-15 piloted by Yeager and his co-pilot, Lt.
Flying the X-24B for NASA, Manke piloted the first unpowered lifting body approach to a precision landing on a concrete runway in 1975, which helped the space agency decide to build the space shuttles without auxiliary jet engines.