NORMAL PROCEDURES R
Section I. MISSION PLANNING
8-1. MISSION PLANNING.
Mission planning begins when the mission is
assigned 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; performance; publications; flight plan; and
8-2. OPERATING LIMITS AND RESTRICTIONS.
The minimum, maximum, normal, and cautionary
operational ranges represent careful aerodynamic and
structural calculations, substantiated by flight test data.
These limitations must be adhered to during all phases
of the mission. Refer to Chapter 5, Operating Limits
And Restrictions, for detailed information.
8-3. WEIGHT/BALANCE AND LOADING.
The aircraft must be loaded, cargo and
passengers secured, and weight and balance verified
per Chapter 6, Weight/Balance and Loading.
Refer to Chapter 7, Performance Data, to
determine the capability of the aircraft for the entire
mission. Consideration must be given to changes in
performance resulting from variation in loads,
temperatures, and pressure altitudes.
8-5. FLIGHT PLAN.
A flight plan must be completed and filed per
AR 95-1, DoD FLIP, and local regulations.
8-6. CREW AND PASSENGER BRIEFINGS.
A crew/passenger briefing must be conducted for
a thorough understanding of individual and team
responsibilities. The briefing should include, but not be
limited to, copilot and ground crew responsibilities and
the coordination necessary to complete the mission
most efficiently. A review of visual signals is desirable
when ground guides do not have a direct voice
communications link with the crew. Refer to Section VI
for crew and passenger briefings.
Section II. OPERATING PROCEDURES AND MANEUVERS
This section deals with normal procedures and
includes all steps necessary for safe and efficient
operation of the aircraft from the time a preflight begins
until the flight is completed and the aircraft is parked
and secured. Unique feel, characteristics, and reaction
of the aircraft during various phases of operation and
the techniques and procedures used for taxiing,
precautions to be observed. Only the duties of the
minimum crew necessary for the actual operation of
the aircraft are included.
8-8. ADDITIONAL DATA.
Procedures specifically related to instrument
flight that are different from normal procedures are
covered in this section following normal procedures.
Descriptions of functions, operations, and effects of
Characteristics, and are repeated in this section only
when required for emphasis. Checks that must be
made under adverse environmental conditions, such
as desert and cold weather operations, supplement
normal procedures checks in this section and are
Conditions. Additional crew duties are covered as
necessary in Section VI, Crew Duties.
Normal procedures are given primarily in
checklist form and are amplified as necessary in
accompanying paragraph form when a detailed
description of a procedure or maneuver is required. A
condensed version of the amplified checklist, omitting
all explanatory text, is contained in the Operator's and
Crewmember's Checklist, TM 1-1510-225-CL. To
provide for easier cross referencing, the procedural
steps in the checklist are numbered to coincide with
the correspondingly numbered steps in this manual.