Apilot is a person who is trained to fly an aircraft.
e.g. He spent seventeen years as an airlinepilot.
e.g. ...fighter pilots of the British Royal Air Force.
Apilot is a person who steers a ship through a difficult stretch of water, for example the entrance to a harbour.
If someonepilots an aircraft or ship, they act as its pilot.
e.g. He piloted his own plane part of the way to Washington.
Apilot scheme or apilot project is one which is used to test an idea before deciding whether to introduce it on a larger scale.
e.g. The service is being expanded following the success of apilot scheme.
e.g. ...a ten-yearpilot project backed by the trade and industry department.
If a government or organizationpilots a programme or a scheme, they test it, before deciding whether to introduce it on a larger scale.
e.g. The trust is looking for 50 schools topilot a programme aimed at teenage pupils preparing for work.
If a government ministerpilots a new law or bill through parliament, he or she makes sure that it is introduced successfully.
e.g. We are now piloting through Parliament a new strategy to tackle youth crime.
Apilot or apilot episode is a single television programme that is shown in order to find out whether a particular series of programmes is likely to be popular.
e.g. Apilot episode of Nothing's Impossible has already been filmed.
Apilot is the pilot light on a gas cooker or stove, boiler, or fire.
9. see also: automatic pilot;test pilot