STANDARDS: Appropriate common standards plus the following:
Determine if the aircrew and aircraft are capable of completing the assigned mission.
Determine if the flight can be performed under VFR per AR 95-1, applicable FARs/host nation regulations, and local regulations and SOPs.
Determine the correct departure, en route, and destination procedures.
Select route(s) and altitudes that avoid hazardous weather conditions, do not exceed aircraft or equipment limitations and conform to VFR cruising altitudes per DOD FLIP.
For cross-country flights, determine the distance ±1 nautical mile, true airspeed ±5 knots, ground speed ±5 knots, and ETE ±3 minutes for each leg of the flight. Compute magnetic heading(s) ±5 degrees.
Determine the fuel required per AR 95-1, ±100 pounds.
Complete and file the flight plan per AR 95-1 and DOD FLIP.
Perform mission risk assessment per unit SOP.
Crew actions. The PC will ensure that the PI is current and qualified to perform the mission, and that the aircraft is equipped to accomplish the assigned mission. He may direct the PI to complete some portions of the VFR flight planning.
The PI will complete all assigned elements and report the results to the PC.
Procedures. Using appropriate military, FAA, or host‑country weather facilities, obtain information about the weather. After ensuring that the flight can be completed under VFR, check NOTAMs, CHUMS, and other appropriate sources for any restrictions that may apply to the flight. Obtain navigational charts that cover the entire flight area, and allow for changes in routing that may be required because of weather or terrain. Select the course(s) and altitude(s) that will best facilitate mission accomplishment. Use a CPU-26A/P computer/Weems plotter (or equivalent) or AMPS to determine the magnetic heading, ground speed, and ETE for each leg. Compute total distance and flight time, and calculate the required fuel using the appropriate charts in TM 55-1520-248-10. Determine if the duplicate weight and balance forms in the aircraft logbook apply to the aircraft configuration. Verify that the aircraft weight and CG will remain within allowable limits for the entire flight. Complete the flight plan and file it with the appropriate agency.
NIGHT OR NVG CONSIDERATIONS: Checkpoints used during the day may not be suitable for night or NVG use.
TRAINING AND EVALUATION REQUIREMENTS:TRAINING AND EVALUATION REQUIREMENTS:
Training. Training will be conducted academically.
Evaluation. Evaluation will be conducted academically.
Print out TDH cards, waypoint lists, crew cards, commo cards, and kneecards as required.
Crew actions. The PC will assign tasks. The crew receives the mission briefing. Mission data from higher headquarters may be received digitally, in the form of overlay or on paper. One or both crewmembers may enter data into the AMPS.
Procedures. Analyze the mission and mission data. Plan the flight by conducting a map reconnaissance and terrain analysis using the available map database. Terrain analysis may be accomplished by using the topographic view with either the intervisibility plot or height above terrain feature. The profile view and alternate profile view in the mission dialog boxes may be used in this analysis. If mission independent data is provided, waypoint, target, BFGL, and route information is most easily input via the map. Threat data, if available, should be inputted with appropriate values for radius of detection and radius of kill. When detailed information is required for a waypoint or target (i.e. an update point or an NAI), the mission dialog boxes allow the most precise information to be entered by grid coordinate. Ensure the correct datum is being used on the map and in the mission dialog boxes. ATHS/IDM, and commo databases should remain relatively unchanged after initial input of unit data. Enter appropriate frequencies, call signs, and expanders or select them from the appropriate database. Determine communications requirements and build radio presets, ATHS/IDM initialization information, and Havequick frequencies. Enter Laser codes, MMS prepoints, notebook data, and appropriate weapons data. The input of weapons data does not reduce the need for a weapons initialization once the crew is in the aircraft. Ensure the correct aircraft software version is selected, and download mission(s) to the DTC/DTM. Print out waypoint cards, commo cards, kneecards, and TDH cards as required.
If more than one aircraft DTC/DTM is loaded with a mission, crews will have to change the individual identifiers and codes after loading the aircraft