Airborne combat navigators use radar, radio, and other navigation equipment to determine position, direction of travel, intended course, and other operations of aircraft. They also operate other mission critical systems on the aircraft such as surveillance, communications, electronic warfare, and other weapon systems. In addition, they monitor, evaluate, and direct flying operations and training programs.
This career is part of the Government and Public Administration cluster National Security pathway.
A person in this career:
- Coordinates air navigation, meteorology, flying directives, aircraft operating procedures, and mission tactics
- Conducts or supervises training of crewmembers to ensure operational readiness of crew
- Reviews mission goals, intelligence, and weather information in preparation for flight
- Participates in mission planning, preparation, filing of flight plan, and crew briefing
- Ensures aircraft is preflighted, inspected, loaded, equipped, and manned for mission
- Formulates test procedures and conducts tests to evaluate structural integrity, performance, handling characteristics, reliability, and suitability of aircraft and systems
- Manages research, test and evaluation projects, and programs
- Develops plans and policies, monitors operations, and advises commanders
- Assists commanders and performs staff functions
- Identifies design and operational deficiencies and recommends improvements