Yes, I’m a Scientist

Some people have claimed I’m not a scientist. Aside from two degrees which include “Science” in their titles, there’s the following:

As instruments and other navigational aids have become more complicated, in increasing proportion of the development has been shifted from the practicing navigator to the navigational scientist who aids in drawing together the applications of principles from such sciences as astronomy, cartography, electronics, geodesy, mathematics, meteorology, oceanography, and physics. Such applications aid in explaining navigational phenomena and in developing improvements in speed, accuracy, or routine actions in practicing the “scientific art” of navigation.

AIR NAVIGATION, Chapter 1 AF Manual 51-40 / NAVAIR 00-80V-49 Departments of the Air Force and the Navy

Indeed, on multiple occasions throughout my 20-year career I encountered situations never mentioned in the books. I used every scientific principle in the book to craft solutions, sometimes with little time to spare. On two occasions during deployments, I was Chief of Tactics. We do significantly more than brief other aircrews flying the missions.

Additionally, I routinely participated in various endeavors designed to improve our operations, including building databases and information systems, along with providing design considerations for both onboard and on-ground information and navigation systems.

Then there’s the data analysis work I do.

Yes, I’m a scientist, tucked in tight with the scientific method, a slew of math, physics, chemistry and biology, and plenty of practice over four decades of postulating an hypothesis or three before running them to ground.

Updated: October 16, 2020 — 1:04 pm