copilot

noun
co·​pi·​lot | \ ˈkō-ˌpī-lət How to pronounce copilot (audio) \

Definition of copilot

: a qualified pilot who assists or relieves the pilot but is not in command

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Investigators are also interested in what was said between the pilot and copilot in the minutes before the Beechcraft Super King Air 350 aircraft crashed and killed them and the eight passengers aboard. Chelsea J. Carter, CNN, "NTSB investigators recover cockpit voice recorder in plane crash that killed 10," 1 July 2019 That year, the company’s spaceship had broken apart during a test flight, killing the copilot and injuring the pilot. Samantha Masunaga, latimes.com, "Kelly Latimer flies at the cutting edge of aviation — and soon, space," 20 June 2019 That year, the company’s spaceship had broken apart during a test flight, killing the copilot and injuring the pilot. Samantha Masunaga, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Kelly Latimer flies at the cutting edge of aviation — and soon, space," 20 June 2019 The copilot, Earl Carper of Chicago, flew the ship guided by a full colonel command pilot who was flying as an observer. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "What the Free Press front page looked like as D-Day unfolded," 5 June 2019 In an emergency, the US Air procedures call for the copilot to take the controls while the captain makes the decisions, free from the mechanical burden of flying the plane—this is called Pilot Monitoring, or PM, in aviation parlance. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 While much credit has rightfully gone to Sullenberger, his copilot Jeffrey Skiles deserves to be commended as well. Allen St. John, Popular Mechanics, "What Went Right: Revisiting Captain "Sully" Sullenberger and the Miracle on the Hudson," 15 Jan. 2019 On that flight, from Bali to Jakarta, the pilot’s and copilot’s sensors disagreed. Andi Jatmiko, The Seattle Times, "Boeing jet crashed in Indonesia after key sensor replaced," 7 Nov. 2018 In 1936 Louise Thaden and her copilot, Blanche Noyes, flying from New York to L.A., won the Bendix Trophy, beating the men and making headlines across the country. Elizabeth Winkler, WSJ, "‘Fly Girls’ Review: Freedom of the Air," 9 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of copilot

1927, in the meaning defined above

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copilot

noun

English Language Learners Definition of copilot

: a pilot who helps the main pilot operate an airplane, helicopter, etc.

copilot

noun
co·​pi·​lot | \ ˈkō-ˌpī-lət How to pronounce copilot (audio) \

Kids Definition of copilot

: a person who assists in flying an airplane

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