SECTION I. CREW DUTIES
8-1. MISSION PLANNING.
Mission planning begins when the mission is assigned and extends to the prelight check of the aircraft. It includes,
but is not limited to, checks of operating limits and restrictions; weight, balance, and loading; performance; publica-
tions; light plan; and crew brieings. The pilot in command shall ensure compliance with the contents of this manual
that are applicable to the mission.
8-2. AVIATION LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT (ALSE).
All aviation life support equipment required for the mission shall be checked.
8-3. CREW DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES.
The minimum crew required to ly the aircraft is a pilot and a copilot.
a. Pilot. The pilot in command is responsible for all aspects of mission planning, prelight, and operation of the
aircraft. The pilot also will assign duties and functions to all other crewmembers as required. Prior to, or during the
prelight check, the pilot will brief the crew on items pertinent to the mission; i.e., performance data, monitoring of
instruments, 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.
8-4. CREW BRIEFING.
A crew brieing shall be conducted in accordance with Aircrew Coordination Training Requirements and Unit Stan-
dard Operating Procedures.
The aircraft incorporates advanced technologies in regard to Aircraft Survivability Equipment (ASE),
Avionics Control System (ACS) and Flight Management Systems (FMS). Aviators should conduct
thorough crew brieings prior to departures and arrivals to ensure that systems are set and under-
8-5. DEPARTURE/DESCENT-ARRIVAL BRIEFING
The departure and descent-arrival brieing is a guide that should be used as applicable in accomplishing the required
crew brieings; however, if the crew has operated together previously (thru-light) and the pilot is certain that the
copilot understands all items of the brieings, the pilot may omit the brieing by stating "standard brieing" when the
brieing is called for during the BEFORE TAKEOFF CHECK or DESCENT-ARRIVAL CHECK as appropriate.
SECTION II. OPERATING PROCEDURES AND MANEUVERS
8-6. OPERATING PROCEDURES AND MANEUVERS.
This section deals with normal procedures and includes all steps necessary for safe and eficient operation of the air-
craft from the time a prelight begins until the light 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, 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 handbooks that accompany the aircraft loose tools.
8-7. SYMBOLS DEFINITIONS.
Items which apply only to night or only to instrument lying shall have an N or an I, respectively, immediately pre-
ceding the check to which it is pertinent. The symbol O shall be used to indicate if installed or available. Those