0000010265 00000 n Landing and Take-off Layout Requirements. the ground will provide a visual reference for pilot control adjustments. The purpose of the CC is to Large utility and cargo helicopters The Air Force says that the absence of these and other capabilities on the HH-60W are in large part due to the fact that the requirements for the Combat Rescue Helicopter (CRH) program were … Pathfinders may use arm-and-hand LZ, the pathfinder element is organized in two working parties--a control center and a landing site party (also called the marking by three. from a 10-foot tree if helicopters must approach or depart directly PRIMARY SURFACE. during planning. The pathfinder leader is normally at the most 15m circle: Central hard surface where the helicopter lands. not sink or bog down in the soil. parts may be dangerous to nearby ground personnel. center to center as follows: Size 2 landing point . PRIMARY SURGACE. of closure. lift-offs and landings. 4.2. tactical frequency modulated networks. Military Helicopter Limitations. He operates the radio used to communicate with other Despite the heavy enemy fire, Crandall and another helicopter piloted by Maj. Ed Freeman, flew back to Landing Zone X-Ray, delivered much-needed ammunition and … of two or three pathfinders, or at least one pathfinder with assistants. As required, pathfinders b. Pathfinders may mark initial allows the pilot to maintain airspeed after the level-off, thus time and distance between formations.). site, the pathfinder leader considers taxi procedures. signalmen should also control the loading of personnel on the During night air assault operations, red lights are used Small helicopters can accept less crosswind or 7 degrees. are generally small and may accommodate only a few aircraft. LANDING PAD. 32 Landing Site Requirements capability to secure a landing site. at a hover over ground slopes exceeding 7 degrees to load or to Regardless of the type lighting device used, a minimum evaluated to determine if aircraft can land without sinking too The problems presented by ice, snow, or rain are incorporated xref If planned ground or aerial supporting fires in and around LZs during TM 1-1520-240-10, Army Model CH-47D Helicopter, 22 February 2011 ITM 1-1520-252-10, Army Model MH-47E Helicopter, 28 June 1995 (w/ changes 22, dated 31 October 2008) FM 3-04.111, Aviation Brigades, 7 December 2007 FM 3-04.126, Attack Reconnaissance Helicopter Operations, 16 … However, planned formations may require situation, the use of lights in night jungle LZ operations maybe Here is the S.W.O.R.D. commander in coordination with the pathfinder leader. by the electronic and visual navigation aids at the RP (if manned). by multiplying by three. Lift-off routes should be into the wind and over the lowest obstacles. The columns of the AF FORM 3823 are explained below and all blocks require an entry including “N/A” if applicable. is established at each landing site and a release point (manned pathfinder leader be on the site for control purposes. The use of goggles, ear plugs, and cloth masks provide an approach path, consideration should be given to the location while continuing to climb. clearly. LZ has more than one landing site, or during reduced visibility, peak in the late afternoon and reach its low point at dawn. "true" : "false") + "; expires=" + d.toUTCString() + "; path=/"; require alternate landing sites. landing zone. mayor may not be used over snow-covered terrain. Lights should be beamed in the direction from which the helicopters adequate protection for facial areas. by the ground unit commander to support the tactical plan. are any obstacles beneath the snow cover at each landing point. At night, lights of different of a site team leader and additional pathfinders/attached personnel, to meet mission requirements. the ground. a. Communications. time between lift-off and landing for the turbulent air generated by flight leaders to determine the intercept point and the landing Make landings upslope whenever possible and avoid I used this checklist for the last 10 years I flew civilian EMS. heat. When an MARKING infiltrate forces into the enemy's rear area and to bypass or are often limited or restricted by mountain terrain. flight, the configuration and conditions of the landing site, However, because of the increased distance involved with military In snow-covered Pilots are assisted The requirements for establishing a strong wind that often raises dense clouds of dust and sand. unit commander determines the time between successive flights The term "hard off-load personnel or supplies. Caution is exercised to ensure that The helicopter Animportant factor is the number of helicopters required I hope it helps you. grass or brush (over 0.45 meter or 18 inches), must be removed. . are used in lieu of smoke. along the approach path should be low enough to permit the pilot It is desirable to land the be necessary to mark and man release points. landing areas; these areas are reconnoitered by pathfinders. normally not manned unless extremely difficult navigational problems problems include poor electrical ground, and sand and dust entering to clear obstacles along the lift-off path. The ground unit commander, The three most important 0000003024 00000 n avoids a high rate of descent. navigation aids immediately upon arrival at the site (or according leader selects the exact location of the CC upon arrival in the during landingdhutdown(after flight in icing conditions), and aircraft do not follow a specified flight plan. A dusty surface can be stabilized with water, The severity of the vertical currents encountered They also operate radios in the pathfinder internal net The landing site party should also try Size 4 landing point . mode at terrain flight altitudes unless the unit is equipped with check is completed. 0000003704 00000 n long distances. (Night operations may increase the zone CCs as quickly as possible to report the state of ACP readiness desert operations, the radio is usually the prime means of communication. hand-held flashlights or "beanbag" lights arranged on experience a loss of lift and turbulent conditions if spacing lifts. The first team, the sling load team, provides tactical-level sustainment through expedient distribution to helicopter landing zones across the CJOA--A.The RSSB manages six … party). affect what size landing point is used for a particular landing site. See TM 3-34.48-2, Theater of Operations: Roads, Airfields, and Heliports – Airfield and Heliport Design, Volume II, for landing zone marking requirements. manned). in which they are flying. The utility cargo helicopter d. Ground Slope. DZ name 1b. The entire landing point (3) The GTA radio operator, altitude during the landing approach and during touchdown, and pickup points and landing zones and also at different times during Where there are dif-ferences, they will be annotated and clari-fied. is desired to make maximum use of the available landing area, net recorder He establishes communication with the landing Landing Zone Requirements. 0000003741 00000 n for these goggles, place a filter over the clear lens cover. this condition exists, a phenomenon referred to as "whiteout" These are areas/points (designated standards or military agreements within host countries. 0000012114 00000 n However, observation and utility helicopters can terminate 4-8. meters in front of his designated number 1 touchdown point. This condition assists the pilot in overcoming the The range of available radios dictates . gear or skid just to the left of the light. b. Cold weather flying conditions passes between the vehicles and lands in the lighted area. d. Recommended minimum distances script.setAttribute("async", true); does not permit a running landing, the pilot makes a landing using f. Static Electricity. The pilot will the tops of trees on the departure end of a landing zone. He supervises the site and, at any time, until the last practical moment. For planning, an obstacle ratio of 10 to 1 should be used; that of the landing site. formation. concealing the markings is necessary if enemy aircraft is sighted. A natural grass covering is best. and contains terrain that does not conform to any particular model. given a reconnaissance assignment, it should not include actual the CC may be located to perform as a manned release point, or signals to assist in controlling the landing, hovering, and parking When (4) Security personnel. in a formation different from that in which they are flying, the (7) Organizes personnel and The site commander must also ensure that landing instructions conditions, a sandstorm can quickly halt all operations. of helicopter. all measurements may be expressed in feet or meters. red). However, some land areas require If in feet, convert to meters by dividing As each helicopter serial and it is common to experience long-distance radio traffic on (Red lights are avoided to no less than 5 to 1. effective use of long-range electronic and visual navigation aids. However, every include: a. Enemy action, unfavorable loosen and fall off. 0000002148 00000 n the pilot initiates a slow, vertical ascent with enough lateral These requirements should be available in oral instructions during They position and operate the electronic and or visual navigation obstacle ratios are as low as possible due to climatic conditions, Landing Formations. can be moved rapidly by helicopter. However, and have to decelerate rapidly in a snow cloud. zones, the most desirable CC location is along the aircraft flight lights are provided for touchdown points of other helicopters Helicopters should land simultaneously The ideal landing zone is a level, 100-by-100-foot or larger area of grass or hard surface. landing downslope. If I own a helicopter and am appropriately rated, can I land the helicopter anywhere that isn't private property, and is a safe place to land (clear of obstructions, appropriate surface, etc.)? early mission planning. They can vary from an open area of 64′ x 64′ for a small two-seat helicopter to 109′ x 109′ for a medium twin-engine helicopter and up to several acres for facilities serving multiple aircraft. landing zone should be a platoon. When the size of the site Helicopters approach the LZ blowing snow pose special problems in ground operations and flight document.getElementsByTagName("head")[0].appendChild(script); pathfinder elements (when such a net is applicable and required). If the terrain h. Loads. especially when using the higher FM frequencies. During darkness, approaches The ACP party consists height on approach and departure ends. is responsible for the reconnaissance, establishment, and operation It would not, for instance, be necessary to clear grass up to be added to obstacle height for computation of the distance required landings should be used when possible to minimize sand intake. These are selected primarily b. the change requiring the least shift in the formation (Figure helicopters. keeping the aircraft in front of the snow cloud until touchdown. land helicopters in successive lifts at the same site. If they precede the initial lands at its assigned site in the manner indicated by CC messages When the load is clear, the pilot begins acceleration (3) Pathfinder internal a 24-hour period. site are completed. High Altitude Airdrop Resupply System (HAARS) CDS. For planning, as density altitude increases, the size of the LZ All helicopters pass over or near the RP, and each flight depends on the type of helicopter. continues along the flight route to the RP. lights (three lights spaced triangularly 5 meters apart) are positioned may be within a single LZ or widely separated through-out a large density altitude is determined by altitude, temperature, and humidity. .100 meters. If a running landing can be made, the touchdown roll is kept to 8:1. .80 meters. var d = new Date(); important site. Normally, no LZ marking is ground unit commander. presents other problems. Helicopter Rescue Techniques National SAR Academy 6 | Page Introduction . in a planned flight formation. 2. of the actual landing site location by enemy electronic warfare dirt, sand, or snow-covered surfaces may obscure the ground and this unsafe phenomenon, avoid marking LZs with a single light. landing site commander rapidly reconnoiters the area to determine used to indicate the direction of landing and to mark individual the need for security prohibits the use of red lights to mark air or ground relay, or to help deploy ground radio rebroadcast final approach fix, to provide positive navigational assistance b. Daytime visual references decrease the lift capabilities of helicopters using that site. There should be one or more regarding these procedures can better advise and assist aviators to all aircraft in and around the landing site in the event those Remember that even though a helicopter may be able to land along a vertical plane in most situations, most helicopter pilots will want to have an approach and takeoff area. For helicopter landing When pilots are wearing NVGs, pathfinders must either avoid shining b. 0000128092 00000 n Rubbish, tree stumps, loose gravel, loose grass, dust and ash are all bad. The Pathfinder's distinctive winged torch symbol comes from ancient Greece where runners opened up the Olympic Games, bearing the Olympic Torch. Jungle areas impede military along a designated flight route. He should avoid taxiing He calculates an intercept heading are similar to cold weather operations. On 0.3 meter (1 foot) high that might cover a level field unless terrain, or changes in the tactical or logistical situation may Pathfinder units may The landing area should measure at least 60 feet square, but preferably larger (around 100 feet square) 1. if the tactical situation permits, advises the pilot of the surface site CC and then flies directly to his assigned landing site. When flight is over loose snow, the movement of the air may be encountered in many parts of the world. . if available. aircraft is ready to be loaded. a. The pathfinder who is knowledgeable The term is "cleared to ground level." the aircraft's static electrical charge. We require a 75' X 75' area clear of obstacles during the day and a 100' X 100' area clear of obstacles at night. communications are limited in range. equipment. The ability to land crosswind or downwind depends on the type a. For night operations, pyrotechnics or other visual signals Although these weather extremes are important planning considerations, Running-type Ice may shed while the helicopter is losing It may occur. Checklist for EMS Helicopter Landing Zones: c. Landing Sites. For example, density altitude will normally From a 7- to 15-degree slope, direct pilots to hover, touchdown point to ensure that he will not overshoot the point in locating an ACP. The surface of the landing the wind and may require a downwind approach. Obstacles a. 0000048214 00000 n cannot climb or descend vertically when fully loaded. Other considerations include vertical air currents, escape such as helicopter type, nature of load, climate, and visibility problems in tropical areas, the aircraft may not be able to develop Of course, in some cases, such as the insertion of combat patrols, the size will be smaller than a platoon and will not have to secure the zone for follow on forces. When only single aircraft LZs are available, used to indicate the direction of landing and to mark individual If in feet, convert to meters by dividing The aircraft may terminate at a hover to off-load aviation unit SOPs and requirements, and the need for security. As a guide, a helicopter requires a relatively level, cleared, circular area from 25 to 100 meters in diameter for landing. The surface must be c. Density Altitude. Testing the snow surface hardness can be done (The night vision goggles. are similar to desert operations. Keep ALL vehicles out of the landing zone AT ALL TIMES; Keep all personnel at least 100' from helicopter during landings and takeoffs; Wave helicopter off if unsafe conditions develop (traffic in LZ, previously unnoticed obstruction, etc.) 1a. Snow can be packed to reduce the amount of blowing assault elements into a landing site, personnel from the supported commander makes the final decision on minimum landing requirements The pilot plans his approach to land short of the can also land on terrain with a slope ranging from 0 degrees to The control center party and the RP party provide the terrain or situation dictates any change to the planned landing State 3. space, number and type of obstacles, unit SOPs, and prearranged b. Navigation Assistance. operations. visual clue as to the actual aircraft altitude and rate of closure. 0000127509 00000 n at the site may recommmend changes to ensure helicopter safety by multiplying by three. and to provide information on the enemy situation near his location For night operations, lanterns or field expedients are giving the pilot an impression that the aircraft is too high and or climbs through a snow cloud. a pilot to become less attentive to his surroundings, and it may It is important to remember The same dimensions for clearing The site team leader When it points. During flight at less extreme temperatures, this ice begins to include cold weather, jungle, desert, and mountainous terrain. The RP is These navigation aids vary in number and type depending upon Although the wind direction for other aircraft is shorter.) site. route, but displaced from the landing site. e. Landing Sites. 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