co·​pi·​lot | \ˈkō-ˌpī-lət \

Definition of copilot 

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

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To prevent blacking out, Shults and her copilot would have donned full-face masks supplied by a pressurized oxygen tank. Jeff Wise, Popular Mechanics, "What Actually Happens When a Plane Loses an Engine," 18 Apr. 2018 The Pasadena native was a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart for suffering severe injuries after he and his copilot were shot by enemy ground fire. Jose R. Gonzalez, Houston Chronicle, "Memorial to be held for former Pasadena police chief," 25 Jan. 2018 Fifty-five passengers, one captain, one copilot and one stewardess were onboard. Ann Zaniewski, Detroit Free Press, "What happened to Northwest Flight 2501? Shipwreck hunters resume search," 24 May 2018 Stan flew 25 missions in WW2 as copilot of a B-24 in 1945 as part of the 15th Airforce 454th Bomber Group., "Deaths in South Florida: 6/22," 22 June 2018 The pilot and copilot were not injured, authorities said. Molly Sullivan, sacbee, "Private jet catches fire mid-air, makes emergency landing at Mather," 14 June 2018 The copilot of a Sichuan Airlines flight from Chongqing, China, to Lhasa, Tibet, was nearly sucked out of the plane Monday morning after the plane’s right-hand windshield suddenly burst and fell off, Chinese authorities said. Martin Finucane,, "It’s extremely rare to get sucked out of an airplane window. But here’s how it would work," 17 May 2018 The copilot, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pulled back in. Author: Brenda Goh, Anchorage Daily News, "Sichuan Airlines copilot ‘sucked halfway’ out of cockpit when windshield blows out," 15 May 2018 The copilot told the captain, who was at the controls, to abort the landing and climb at about the same time the captain decided on his own to do the same thing, according to the NTSB. Alan Levin,, "Runway Lights Baffled Pilots on Night of San Francisco Near-Miss," 2 May 2018

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1927, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of copilot

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


co·​pi·​lot | \ˈkō-ˌpī-lət \

Kids Definition of copilot

: a person who assists in flying an airplane

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