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Pilot is a specialization assigned to Kerbonauts. Pilots can provide SAS assistance to a craft, with additional Direction selector options added as Experience increases. Pilots also have the unique ability to plan maneuver nodes even when there is no direct connection to Kerbin, making them essential for far away missions with no connection signal. Notable pilots include Jebediah Kerman and Valentina Kerman.

Pilots are the only specialized kerbals to have a personal parachute without having to level up first.

Although SAS axis lock being a pilot-specific trait, playing with the Kerbal experience setting off grants SAS and all direction selectors to every kerbal.


Additional abilities are unlocked as Experience is gained.

Level Effects provided G Tolerance
☆☆☆☆☆ SAS and Stability 1.15x
★☆☆☆☆ Lock towards prograde and retrograde 1.3x
★★☆☆☆ Lock towards normal and anti-normal, radial and anti-radial 1.45x
★★★☆☆ Lock towards target, away from target, and towards maneuver 1.6x
★★★★☆ None 1.85x
★★★★★ None 2x


  • Bug in 1.11.1 fixed
  • New bug where all Kerbals could use any SAS direction selector, regardless of specialization or level.[1]
  • Added G force tolerance
  • Initial release
  • Bug report about the inconsistent SAS markers per level