The flight controller (also referred to as conn) is a crewperson serving aboard a Federation starship and is assigned the duty of piloting the vessel. During the 23rd century, the flight controllers were referred to as helmsmen. (TNG reference: Star Trek: The Next Generation Technical Manual)
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In the Federation, this position was split between a helmsman and a navigator until the mid-24th century. The advent of new technologies, as well as a change in Starfleet training, led to these positions being merged into the flight controller post.