We are out of control, going fast and high, and someone else is piloting this vessel.
Since 2002, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man has been piloting a billion-dollar movie franchise and merchandise empire.
The worst piece of piloting, though, was by Captain Renslow in the Buffalo crash.
One look at Nikumaroro—check it out on Google Earth—makes this seem like an extraordinary feat of piloting.
For a long while now, the piloting community has been concerned about the undemanding workload of highly automated cockpits.
About a month later R. Rohlfe, piloting a Curtiss triplane, broke the height record by reaching 34,610 feet.
The inventor was piloting his ship with ceaseless concentration.
They are as ignorant as can be on all subjects except that of their trade, piloting.
Dick, holding the light, was piloting Greg through the tunnel.
Julio, who was piloting the car, set it down on the top of the aft gun turret.
1510s, "one who steers a ship," from Middle French pillote (16c.), from Italian piloto, supposed to be an alteration of Old Italian pedoto, which usually is said to be from Medieval Greek *pedotes "rudder, helmsman," from Greek pedon "steering oar," related to pous (genitive podos) "foot" (see foot (n.)). Change of -d- to -l- in Latin ("Sabine -l-") parallels that in odor/olfactory; see lachrymose.
Sense extended 1848 to "one who controls a balloon," and 1907 to "one who flies an airplane." As an adjective, 1788 as "pertaining to a pilot;" from 1928 as "serving as a prototype." Thus the noun pilot meaning "pilot episode" (etc.), attested from 1962. Pilot light is from 1890.