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
briefings. The pilot in command shall ensure
compliance with the contents of this manual that are
applicable to the mission and all aviation life support
equipment required for the mission (e.g., helmets,
gloves, survival vests, survival kits, etc.).
8-2. AVIATION LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT (ALSE).
All aviation life support equipment required for mission;
e.g. helmets, gloves, survival vests, survival kits, etc.,
shall be checked.
8-3. CREW DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES.
The minimum crew required to fly the aircraft is a pilot
and a copilot.
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 crew members 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 instruments, communications, emergency
procedures, taxi, and load operations.
Copilot. The copilot must be familiar with the
pilot in command duties and will assist the pilot as
8-4. CREW BRIEFING.
A crew briefing shall be conducted to ensure a thorough
understanding of individual and team responsibilities.
The briefing should include, but not be limited to,
coordination necessary to complete the mission in the
most efficient manner. A review of visual signals is
desirable when ground guides do not have direct voice
communications with the crew. The following guide
should be used in accomplishing required crew
briefings. Items that do not pertain to a specific mission
may be omitted.
Personal, including ID tags.
Professional (medical equipment, etc.).
Entry and exit of aircraft.
Movement in aircraft.
Security of equipment
Aviation Life Support Equipment (ALSE).
Emergency landing/ditching procedures.