ADJ. experienced, professional, qualified, trained | inexperienced, trainee | airforce, RAF | private | airline, bomber, fighter, glider, helicopter, jet | aerobatic | automatic The aircraft was set on automatic pilot. (figurative) She worked on automatic pilot, her hands carrying out the necessary movements.
PILOT + VERB fly (sth) | crash (sth) | bale out, eject The pilot baled out as the aircraft crashed into the sea.
PILOT + NOUN error The air crash is thought to have been caused by pilot error. > Note at JOB