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1. Nautical
a. The technique or act of piloting.
b. The fee paid to a pilot.
2. Aerial navigation by visual identification of landmarks.
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1. (Navigation) the act of piloting an aircraft or ship
2. (Navigation) a pilot's fee
3. (Navigation) the navigation of an aircraft by the observation of ground features and use of charts
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(ˈpaɪ lə tɪdʒ)

1. the act, occupation, or skill of piloting.
2. the fee paid to a pilot for his or her services.
3. the process of directing the movement of a ship or aircraft by visual or electronic observations of recognizable landmarks.
[1610–20; < French; see pilot, -age]
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1. the act of piloting.
2. the skill or expertise of a pilot. See also dues and payment.
See also: Ships
a fee charged for piloting a vessel into or out of a harbor.
See also: Dues and Payment
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pilotage - the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to placepilotage - the guidance of ships or airplanes from place to place
steering, guidance, direction - the act of setting and holding a course; "a new council was installed under the direction of the king"
instrument flying - navigation of an airplane solely by instruments
astronavigation, celestial navigation - navigating according to the positions of the stars
dead reckoning - navigation without the aid of celestial observations
bear down on, bear down upon - sail towards another vessel, of a ship
luff, point - sail close to the wind
weather - sail to the windward of
boat - ride in a boat on water
steam, steamer - travel by means of steam power; "The ship steamed off into the Pacific"
yacht - travel in a yacht
sail - travel on water propelled by wind; "I love sailing, especially on the open sea"; "the ship sails on"
beat - sail with much tacking or with difficulty; "The boat beat in the strong wind"
scud, rack - run before a gale
outpoint - sail closer to the wind than
wear round, tack - turn into the wind; "The sailors decided to tack the boat"; "The boat tacked"
wear ship - turn away from the wind; "The sailors decided it was time to wear ship"
ferry - travel by ferry
ferry - transport by ferry
ferry - transport from one place to another
raft - transport on a raft; "raft wood down a river"
barge - transport by barge on a body of water
2.pilotage - the occupation of a pilot
craft, trade - the skilled practice of a practical occupation; "he learned his trade as an apprentice"
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"An' when I come un tull Auckland short o' coal, after lettun' her druft sux days wuth the fires out tull save the coal, an' wuth only twenty tons in my bunkers, I was thunkun' o' the lossin' o' time an' the expense, an' tull save the owners I took her un an' out wi'out pilotage. Pilotage was no compulsory.
'Speakun' o' Auckland--of course, Captun, you was never un Auckland?' 'Yus,' I says, 'I was un there very recent.' 'Oh, ho,' he says, very angry-like, 'so you was the smart Aleck thot fetched me thot letter from the owners: "We note item of fufteen pounds for pilotage ot Auckland.
'Please explain thus onusual expunditure,' an' tull Captun Robinson, 'We beg tull advise you thot we conseeder thus pilotage an onnecessary expense.'
Nor would it have been an expectation of a hopeful kind, since a small part of his income was derived from the pilotage of timid women (mostly of a full habit and past the middle term of life) from Tellson's side of the tides to the opposite shore.
It was some time before he could be made to comprehend certain of the most important items of the bill, such as pilotage, anchorage, and custom-house fees; but when he discovered that maritime states in other countries derived large revenues in this manner, to the great cost of the merchant, "Well," cried he, "then I will have harbor fees also." He established them accordingly.
But the Ogre advanced under the pilotage of Ma, and Ma said,
When a pilot who is handling a vessel that is subject to state pilotage is involved in a maritime accident, only the pilot's state license is vulnerable to suspension or revocation, and these actions can be taken only by the state that issued the license.
THE Managing Director, Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), Ms Hadiza Usman, has urged members of pilotage boards to see their appointment as a call to serve the nation.
Le nouveau president de cette association confie avoir trace une nouvelle feuille de route pour relancer toutes les activites, dont le karting, le parachutisme, le para moteur, la parapente, l'aeromodelisme et, bien sur, le pilotage d'avion .
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