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Navigation officer on the French frigate La Motte-Picquet , December 7, 1999
Navigator on board a British Short Sunderland aircraft

A navigator or navigation officer is an officer who is responsible for navigation . The person can be part of a ship or an aircraft crew . In aviation in particular, the profession has almost died out, as the aircraft have been equipped with flight management systems for navigation so that pilots can carry out the navigation themselves without the assistance of a navigator. On the other hand, navigators can still be found on large ships today.

In older Russian aircraft, the navigator is still on board and equipped with significantly more skills than in western aircraft. Here he can give the pilot instructions as long as there is no air emergency , while in western aircraft the navigator is subordinate to the pilot.


Navigation devices for vehicles on the road or on ships are also known as navigators in addition to the colloquial term "Navi" .

Some software products for "navigating" in the Internet also bear the name, e . B. the Netscape Navigator .

Web links

Commons : Navigation  - album with pictures, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Navigator  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations