8. Install Tail-Boom Rigging (Figure 1 and Table 3)
a. Connect one sling eye of blue/white sling (7), View A, to one end of box link assembly (8).
(1) Secure sling (7) to box link using box link pin and quick-release pin. (View F)
b. Connect blue/white sling (9) around the disabled helicopter tail-section as follows:
(1) Locate the tail-boom jack point, and remove wire striker deflector quick-release pin, if so equipped.
(2) Loop sling (9) through the loop in the tail jack point. (View G)
(3) Connect both eyes of sling (9) to box link (8). (View A)
(4) Secure sling (9) to box link using box link pin and quick-release pin. (View F)
c. Position tail-boom rigging to same side as heavy-weight black/white sling (6), View A, was placed for hook-up
to recovery helicopter rigging.
d. To prevent tail rotor blade flapping tie the lower blade from the tail rotor to the helicopter using a fixed length
tie-down (without snap hook).
e. Drogue Chute Installation
Though not recommended by recovery flight parameters
(Table 1), if the ground crew determines it is necessary a
drogue chute may be attached to the disabled helicopter to
facilitate stable flight. If drogue chute is used inspect in
accordance with applicable technical manual. Use of Drogue
(1) Secure drogue chute to the tail end of tail-boom. Do not deploy drogue chute until recovery helicopter
has hovered over disabled or damaged helicopter.
The disabled helicopter is now ready for hookup to the recovery helicopter.
9. RIG RECOVERY HELICOPTER (Figure 1 and Table 1)
Figure 1 details the disabled AH-64A helicopter and
recovery helicopter rigging. Reference numbers in the
following text that are outlined in parentheses [i.e., (1), (2),
etc.] refer to Figure 1 and Table 3 item numbers. Refer to
Figure 1 and Table 3 for configuration guidance.
a. Connect the single eye end of heavy weight black/white sling (10, Figure 1, View A) to the recovery helicopter
forward cargo hook.
b. Connect the single eye end of heavy weight black/white sling (12, Figure 1, View A) to the recovery helicopter
aft cargo hook.
c. Pull free end of forward and aft heavy weight black/white slings through center cargo hook hole and secure
until helicopter being recovered is ready for hook-up.
Improper rigging of the tilboom sling at theh FS 450.66 jack
Fitting can result in damage to tailboom.
Chute for disabled aircraft recovery may compromise the air-
worthiness of the recovered aircraft, therefore perform phase
maintenance inspection prior to the return of the aircraft to