9. HOOK-UP AND RECOVERY FLIGHT OPERATIONS (Figure 1 and Table 3)
Should it become necessary for a ground crew
member to perform hook-up while on the helicopter
being recovered, extreme care must be exercised to
avoid static electric shock, injury resulting from falling
off the helicopter as a result of rotor downwash, etc.
Remove any loose objects from recovery site to
prevent them from becoming projectiles as a result of
Figure 1 details the damaged AH-64A/D 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. Launch recovery helicopter.
b. Direct recovery helicopter into hover position slightly to the side of the damaged helicopter where sling (7),
Figure 1, View A, has been positioned for connection of the damaged helicopter to the recovery helicopter
Ensure static grounding of recovery helicopter is
accomplished by allowing free end of sling lines to
touch the ground before ground crew comes in
contact with sling.
Once sling line has come in contact with ground and
after sling line comes in contact with a ground crew
member, the crewmember must maintain continuous
contact with the sling line until it is connected to the
damaged helicopter to maintain static grounding.
c. Allow end of sling line from recovery helicopter to make ground contact to discharge static electricity.