This is a condensed description of an Air Force Navigator–now called a Combat Systems Officer (CSO.):
Navigator. The one in charge of: location and route, coordinates with other planes and home base; Watches for weather patterns and communicates with all parties involved with travel plan; fuel status is monitored; watches for enemy interference using radar; has strong map reading skills and chart detailing; makes sure the plane is properly maintained and loaded.
This is a description of the Appalachian Mountain Club’s navigator training:
Wilderness Navigator: Reads a topographic map, can use a compass, understands triangulation, magnetic declination..and more.
The navigator must have finely honed skills.
Here are some tips for improving your navigational skills (web site: Original Outdoors, United Kingdom)
- Practice-get out a map more than in an emergency
- Challenge yourself-pick out a point and and start working towards it
- Learn about your compass-buy a reliable one and learn to use it
- Don’t rely JUST on GPS-it is battery operated AND it fails. Be multi-faceted
- Take time to learn. –read, get a mentor, watch
Who/What is your navigator? Do you have good navigational skills or average? Or do you JUST depend on your GPS?
Something to ponder.
“He guided them with the cloud by day and with light from the fire all night.”
Perhaps it would be easier if the cloud and fire were visible.
Pray for proper navigation in your life. Pray for The Navigator to guide you. Get out of the cockpit and start following the guide.