Aviators—pilots of aircraft who manipulate directional flight controls. This is generally understood to be a special acquired skill involving vehicle-sized aircraft such as airplanes, helicopters, airships, gliders and hot air balloons, especially if they require a dedicated cockpit or gondola; such skills need to be specially acquired when there's otherwise a high probability of death from pilot error.

The term is not generally extended to characters who can fly under their own body's power—see Category:Flying characters. It may also be stretching the definition to include characters who fly exotic personal flying vehicles or suits to move around in a similar manner as characters who fly under their own body's power.

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