[+aircraft, ship] pilote m/f
He's a pilot. Il est pilote.
→ He spent seventeen years as an airline pilot.
(=programme) épisode m pilote
→ A pilot episode of Nothing's Impossible has already been filmed.
pilot light veilleuse f (de cuisinière, de chauffe-eau)
[error] de pilotage
[training] au pilotage
[project, programme, school] pilote
→ The service is being expanded following the success of a pilot scheme
→ a pilot project backed by the trade and industry department
[+aircraft, ship] piloter
[+scheme, programme] piloter
→ The Government piloted a scheme under which noisy neighbours faced instant fines.
→ Fifty schools are needed to pilot a programme to prepare teenagers for work.
to pilot sth through Parliament [+bill, strategy, new law] faire passer qch au parlement → We are now piloting through Parliament the most comprehensive strategy in a generation to tackle youth crime
automatic pilot , autopilot
n pilote m automatique
to be on automatic pilot, to be on autopilot
[plane] être sur pilote automatique
→ It was flying on automatic pilot when the mid air incident occurred.
(fig) marcher au radar
→ You've made that same trip so many times before that you're on automatic pilot ...
→ My body was on autopilot as I trailed through passport control, baggage reclaim and customs.
n copilote mf
n pilote mf de chasse
n bateau-pilote m
n veilleuse f (de cuisinière, de chauffe-eau)
n projet m pilote
n étude f pilote
n pilote mf d'essai