Navigator FAQs:


Q: Is a navigator the person on board a ship or aircraft responsible for its navigation?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a navigator responsible for buying and maintaining its nautical charts?

A: Yes.

Q: Is a navigator in charge of maintaining the aircraft or ship's nautical charts?

A: Yes, and nautical publications, and navigational equipment, and generally has responsibility for meteorological equipment and communications.

Q: Are navigators frequently tasked with weapon systems employment and co-pilot type duties depending on the type?

A: Yes, and model and series of aircraft.

Q: Are navigators sometimes also called 'air navigators' or 'flight navigators'?

A: Yes, In civil aviation this was a position on older aircraft, typically between the late-1910s and the 1970s, where separate crew members were often responsible for an aircraft's flight navigation, including its dead reckoning and celestial navigation, especially when flown over oceans or other large featureless areas where radio navigation aids were not originally available.

Q: Are navigators still actively trained and licensed in some present day air forces?

A: Yes, as electronic navigation aids cannot be assumed to be operational during wartime.

Q: Are navigators responsible for troubleshooting problems of the navigation equipment while airborne?

A: Yes, but the ground Maintenance personnel are ultimately responsible for repair and upkeep of that aircraft's navigation system.

Q: Is a navigator responsible for the maintenance of the ship's navigational equipment?

A: Yes.

Q: Are navigators normally cutter qualified at a level analogous to the USN officers previously mentioned?

A: Yes.