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
performance; publications; flight plan; and crew and
passenger briefings. The pilot in command shall insure
compliance with the contents of this manual that are
applicable to the mission.
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 and weight and balance
verified per Chapter 6, WEIGHT, BALANCE, AND
LOADING. This aircraft is in weight and balance Class
1B and requires a weight and balance clearance for each
flight per AR 95-16. Weight and center of gravity
conditions must be within the limits prescribed in Chapters
5 and 6.
Refer to Chapter 7, PERFORMANCE DATA, to
determine the capability of the aircraft for the entire
mission. Consideration must be given to changes in
temperatures, and pressure altitudes. Record the data on
the Performance Planning Card for use in completing the
flight plan and for reference throughout the mission.
8-5. FLIGHT PLAN.
A flight plan must be completed and filed per AR
95-1, DOD FLIP, and local regulations.
8-6. CREW BRIEFINGS.
A crew briefing must be conducted for a thorough
understanding of individual and team responsibilities.
The briefing should include, but not be limited to, copilot,
crew chief, 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 briefings.