Figure 1 details the damaged and recovery helicopter
rigging. Reference numbers in the following text that are
outlined in parentheses [i.e., (1), (2), etc.] refer to Figure 1,
View A and Table 3 item numbers. Refer to Figure 1, View
A 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 (8),
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.
Failure to arrange sling eyes on the sling link assembly
as shown in Figure 1, View E, will create an unbalanced
load on the sling link assembly and may cause the
assembly to open as tension is applied to the slings.
d. Connect the single eye end of heavy weight black/white sling (8), Figure 1, View A, (connected to the
damaged helicopter) to the double eye end of heavy weight black/white sling (10) (connected to the recovery
helicopter) using sling link assembly (11)
(1) Verify that the arrangement of sling eyes is as shown in View E, with sling (8) in the Position B
e. Deploy the drogue chute if installed.
Direct recovery helicopter to place tension on the slings while the ground crew guides the slings to prevent
entanglement with the damaged helicopter.
g. Evacuate ground crew from rigging site.
h. Direct recovery helicopter to take-off with the damaged helicopter connected.