Operational flight planning should include provisions similar to those in manned operation. In addition, specific needs for RPAS such as the number of remote pilots and crew duty time planning for long endurance missions or the availability of RPS may be required. Such requirements may not be available at the time of departure but may be necessary for operation in a later phase of the flight. The RPAS operator should establish procedures to ensure a seamless operation throughout the duration of the flight, including remote pilots who can carry out the responsibilities for the different phases of the flight such as take-off, climb, cruise, approach and landing, all of which should be included in the operations manual.
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