I'm a pilot but by no means anywhere near ATP status, but among the pilots we use some variation on the term "drive" often. If a non-pilot or someone "on the outside" uses that term, it all depends on the context they use it in. If they use it in a derogatory manner, even if talking to me the "Cessna 152 driver", I just kindly remind them that the pilot in command is the final authority as to the safe operation of the aircraft, a big responsibility. As I've stated already, I'm nowhere near the level of the big riggers around here (<--there I go again
), but that's just where I come from on the issue. Plenty of morons in the world, the worst thing you can do to yourself is get hellbent over them. Life isn't worth that, so why do people get so wound up?
I don't know, so this is my signature.