test pilot


Definition of test pilot

: a pilot who specializes in putting new or experimental airplanes through maneuvers designed to test them (as for strength) by producing strains in excess of normal

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Recent Examples on the Web Unlike the 1983 movie adaptation of Tom Wolfe's book -- which deftly cut between the celebrated astronauts and the unheralded exploits of test pilot Chuck Yeager -- the focus here is squarely on the former. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Right Stuff' becomes a Disney+ series that's spared the need for speed," 7 Oct. 2020 Like many a test pilot, Shoemaker was casual when describing the risk involved and the process of flying the plane. Ashlee Vance, Bloomberg.com, "Aviation Outsider Builds Supersonic Jet for Transatlantic Flight," 6 Oct. 2020 On Wednesday, Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Steve Dickson donned his mask and took to the runway at Seattle's Boeing Field to test pilot a now-infamous Boeing 737 MAX. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "FAA chief tests a Boeing 737 MAX—including its infamous flight control software," 1 Oct. 2020 André Turcat, the prospective test pilot for prototype 001, has spent many hours at Toulouse, learning his new job in the $4 million flight simulator. J. A. Maxtone Graham, Popular Mechanics, "You, Too, Can Break the Sound Barrier," 24 Sep. 2020 Similarly, internal Boeing documents regularly referred to the test pilot’s delay of more than 10 seconds in responding to MCAS in a flight simulator, but the finding was not disseminated more widely. Ian Duncan, Washington Post, "Boeing 737 Max crashes were ‘horrific culmination’ of errors, investigators say," 16 Sep. 2020 As a test pilot, this was one of the highlights of my career. Terry Virts, Wired, "How to Leave Space and (Safely) Crash Back Down to Earth," 15 Sep. 2020 The former Boeing 737 Max test pilot who played a key role in the certification of the fatally flawed aircraft is taking a buyout from Southwest Airlines after two years with the Dallas carrier. Dallas News, "Test pilot at center of 737 Max investigation takes buyout from Southwest Airlines," 7 Aug. 2020 The three-man crew — a maintenance test pilot, a pilot and an aircraft mechanic — was conducting a routine maintenance flight southwest of the St. Cloud Regional Airport on Dec. 5 when the first engine failed. Reid Forgrave, Star Tribune, "Maintenance failure caused Minnesota Guard helicopter crash that killed 3 near St. Cloud," 6 Aug. 2020

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First Known Use of test pilot

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Test pilot.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/test%20pilot. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of test pilot

: a pilot who flies new aircraft in order to see how well they work

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