Change 3 8-1
Mission planning begins when the mission is as-
signed and extends to the preflight check of the aircraft.
It includes, but is not limited to, checks of operating limits
and restrictions; weight, balance, and loading; perfor-
mance; publications; flight plan; and crew briefings. The
pilot in command shall ensure compliance with the con-
tents of this manual that are applicable to the mission.
All aviation life support equipment required for the
mission shall be checked.
The minimum crew required to fly the aircraft is a pilot
and a copilot.
a. Pilot. The pilot in command is responsible for all
aspects of mission planning, preflight, and operation of
the aircraft. He will assign duties and functions to all other
crewmembers as required. Prior to, or during the preflight
check, the pilot will brief the crew on items pertinent to the
mission; e.g., performance data, monitoring of instru-
ments, communications, emergency procedures, taxi,
and loading operations.
b. Copilot. The copilot must be familiar with the pilot
in command duties and will assist the pilot as directed.
A crew briefing shall be conducted in accordance with
Aircrew Coordination Training Requirements and Unit
Standard Operating Procedures.