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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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Last year, militants in Lebanon managed to send a pilotless drone deep into neighbouring Israel, sparking fears the group were testing the system for future attacks.
The citation reads: "Flight Lieutenant Adderley is indispensable to the unit and has more experience of the testing and experimental flying of Pilotless Aircraft than any other officer.
pilotless aircraft hit a house in Pakistan's tribal region of North Waziristan on the Afghan border on Friday, killing 25 militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.
MOSCOW: Russia is buying pilotless spy aircraft from Israel in hopes of improving its own unmanned drones after a poor performance in the war against Georgia last August, Russian news agencies quoted a top military official as saying Friday.
An Interior Ministry spokesman said the pilotless aircraft was shot down near the central city of Gori.
EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE -- A joint test by NASA and the Defense Advance Research Projects Agency demonstrated it is possible to refuel pilotless drones in flight, allowing them to fly farther and longer, officials said.
Last night the rebels also remained in control of Najaf's Imam Ali mosque, and claimed to have shot down a pilotless US drone which crashed nearby.
A DEAL worth pounds 800m for pilotless aircraft could create new jobs at a leading edge optics firm in Denbighshire.
Meanwhile, the pilotless plane had turned toward the naval air station and was plunging toward the hangars.
The 5ft wingspan model could lead to the development of pilotless aircraft that can stay aloft indefinitely.
The sheer scope of the operation - with pilotless drones, F-15 fighters and AC-130 gunships circling overhead as thousands descended on the area - suggested the seriousness of a new US drive to quell a nascent resistance movement in the Sunni Muslim-dominated areas north and west of Baghdad.
Aircraft include Apache helicopter gunships and pilotless Predator spyplanes.