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.
k. The disabled helicopter is now ready for hookup to the recovery helicopter
9. RIG RECOVERY HELICOPTER (Figures 1 and 4 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. Place a cargo hook thimble (17, Figure 1, View A, and Figure 4) into the single eye end of heavy weight
black/white sling with bridle loops (14).
Figure 4. Typical Cargo Hook Thimble Installation (Shown in Double-Eye Configuration)
b. Connect the single eye end of heavy weight black/white sling (14, Figure 1, View A) with the hook thimble
installed, to the recovery helicopter center cargo hook.
c. Pull free end of heavy weight black/white sling through center cargo hook hole and secure until helicopter
being recovered is ready for hook-up.
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