Is there an adjective that describes someone good at controlling a vehicle, i.e., means a very "skilled pilot"? Trying to avoid using the word "pilot", "driver", etc.
Ace would be a good choice if you're looking to avoid driver or pilot as it can take their place without directly specifying the activity the person excells at.
2 informal A person who excels at a particular sport or other activity.
‘The motorcycle ace won a world title on the all-powerful Honda last year and then celebrated victory by signing for the all-powerless Yamaha.’
Of course, it is also listed as an adjective, but that would still require the use of driver, pilot, etc.
informal Very good.
The site was first noticed by World War I ace pilot Gilbert Insall as he flew over a field where the chalky fill of ancient pits showed up as white spots. (The Henge Builders. Pitts, Mike, ACAD: Archaeology)
Though it seems to me that one could simply remove pilot from the above example and achieve the desired effect.