Professional pilots have flight missions. A commercial pilot’s flight mission is to safely fly a specific aircraft with an identified weight to an explicit destination on schedule. Law enforcement pilots perform missions that involve highway surveillance and speed monitoring. NASA has specific flight missions and procedures to make sure its expensive flights have a purpose and expected outcome.
Private pilots also have flight missions, though their goals and descriptions are less formal.
Even so, all flights should have a mission — especially those by frugal pilots who are looking for the greatest value for each aviation dollar spent. [Read more…]