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Flight Planning Journal

The flight plan is created for every mission. A flight plan is a package of one mission flight log form, one mission checklist form, one or more flightline forms, and at least one photomap per job. A number of other ancillary items may be included depending on the requirements of each job. A mission may have one or more jobs. A job may have one or more flightlines. A job also may include one or more spot shots or obliques. A flightline form needs to be prepared for each flightline, spot shot, and oblique. The following is a detailed explanation of each of the items found in a flight plan package:

a. A Mission Flight Log lists every flightline, spot shot, and oblique for every job planned for the subject mission. Preferably, these items appear listed in the sequence in which they will be flown.

b. A Mission Checklist, records all the equipment settings that need to be made before the flight crew gets airborne.

c. A completed Flightline Worksheet form for each flightline, spot shot, or oblique on a mission includes: • A sun angle table listing the range of times at which sun angle is between 30 and 60 degrees for black and white photos and between 45 and 60 degrees for color photos. • Proposed flight date • Job number • Job name • Film type (color or black and white) • Photo scale • Overlap • Flight direction • Parcel dimensions • Neat Model dimensions • C factor • Contour interval • Map scale • Target elevation • Buffer (off-set) • The latitude and longitude to two waypoints representing the prospective trigger points on the route over the target. If the job is a spot shot then only one waypoint is needed.

d. A small-scale aerial photomap captures the target site from an altitude between 7,000 feet and 10,000 feet MSL using either the Google Earth or Terraserver website.

1) The photomap legend includes the job name and the latitude and longitude for each trigger point.

2) The photomap also includes:

• A North arrow,

• Symbols showing the expected locations of control panels,

• A line across the page showing the flightline, and

• Two trigger points on that flightline.

e. The flight plan may also include:

-- One or more large-scale (low-altitude) aerial photographs of the site showing a highly detailed view of each trigger point.

-- For jobs in high-relief environments, a topographical profile map across the target parcel and some distance out in each direction from the trigger points along the flightline. This profile shows the change in relief along the flight line.

-- A Class B Airspace map showing the position of the site with respect to the four airports in the Las Vegas area (optional).