C H A P T E R 8
N o r m a l P r o c e d u r e s
8-l. 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 crew and passenger briefings. The pilot in com-
mand shall insure compliance with the contents of
this manual that are applicable to the mission.
8-2. OPERATING LIMITS AND RESTRICTIONS.
Minimum, maximum, normal, and cautionary
operational ranges represent careful aerodynamic
and structural calculations, substantiated by flight
test data. These limitations must be adhered to dur-
ing all phases of the mission. Refer to Chapter 5,
OPERATING LIMITS AND RESTRICTIONS, for
8-3. WEIGHT, BALANCE, AND LOADING.
The aircraft must be loaded and weight and bal-
ance verified per Chapter 6. WEIGHT, BALANCE,
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. 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
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8-6. CREW BRIEFINGS.
completed and filed per
A crew briefing must be conducted for a thor-
ough understanding of individual and team respon-
sibilities. 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.
OPERATlNG PROCEDURES AND MANEUVERS
8-7. OPERATING PROCEDURES AND MANEU-
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
takeoff. climb. etc., are described,
including precautions to be observed. Only the
duties of the minimum crew necessary for the actual
operation of the aircraft are included. For operation
of avionics equipment. refer to the operating hand-
books that accompany the aircraft loose tools.
8-8. ADDITIONAL DATA.
Additional crew duties are covered as necessary
in Section VI, CREW DUTIES. Mission equipment
checks are contained in Chapter 4, MISSION
EQUIPMENT. Procedures specifically related to
instrument flight that are-different from normal pro-
cedures are covered in this section following normal
procedures. Descriptions of functions, operations,
and effects of controls are covered in Section III,
FLIGHT CHARACTERISTICS, and are repeated in
this section only when required for emphasis.
Checks that must be made under adverse environ-
mental conditions, such as desert and cold weather
operations, supplement normal procedures checks in
this section and are covered in Section V,
ADVERSE ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS.