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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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I've seen LSOs forced to give up their paddles due to piloting skills that were not up to par.
Sections 8501-8503.(1) These individuals must formally demonstrate their knowledge and qualifications through a licensing process prior to undertaking the highly specialized and demanding tasks associated with the piloting of merchant ships in confined waterways, and are subject to sanctions for improper performance of their duties.
Langford III, project manager, "none has extensive piloting experience.