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1 definition by Yackoff Smearnoff

A third cockpit crew member who has to babysit pilots in planes that do not carry enough automation to allow them to read the newspaper during the entire route of flight.
A simple way to know whether a particular duty is the responsibility of the pilots or the flight engineer is to ask whether it is fun or causes one to receive glory or recognition. If the answer is 'no', then it's the flight engineer's job.
by Yackoff Smearnoff October 10, 2003