TASK 2054

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TASK 2054

         Ensure that crewmembers in the cabin area are wearing a safety
         harness secured to a tiedown ring anytime the cabin doors are
         open. Also ensure that all ropers are on the ground before any
         ropes are released.

CONDITIONS: In a UH-1 helicopter with fast rope insertion and extraction (FRIES) equipment

STANDARDS: Appropriate common standards plus these additions/modifications:
1. Rated.
 a. Conduct a thorough crew and passenger briefing.
 b. Maintain entry altitude as directed ±10 feet.
 c. Maintain entry airspeed of 80 knots indicated airspeed (KIAS), ±5 KIAS.
 d. Maintain track aligned with landing direction.
 e. Perform a smooth, controlled termination to a hover over the insertion point. Deceleration
 attitude not to exceed 30 degrees.
 f. Maintain appropriate hover height ±5 feet (not to exceed rope height).

2. Nonrated. Ensure that the aircraft is configured for FRIES.

1. Crew actions.
 a. The pilot in command (PC) will conduct a crew and passenger briefing and ensure
 personnel are familiar with normal and emergency procedures. The PC will ensure the aircraft
 is rigged.
 b. The pilot on the controls (P*) will remain focused primarily outside the aircraft
 throughout the maneuver and will announce when beginning the maneuver. The P* will also
 announce the intended point of insertion.
 c. The pilot not on the controls (P) and nonrated crewmember (NCM) will assist in clearing
 the aircraft and will provide adequate warning of obstacles. They will also assist the P* in
 maintaining a stable hover. The NCM will inspect the rigging to ensure that the aircraft is
 configured for FRIES operations.

2. Procedures.
 a. To perform a FRIES assault, execute a terrain flight approach to the insertion point. On
 final adjust airspeed and altitude during the approach to stop over the insertion point at a
 predetermined hover height (not to exceed rope length). At a stabilized hover the FRIES
 operation begins. Remain over the area at a stabilized hover until all ropers and ropes are
 b. After ropers are clear, crewmembers will pull the ropes back inside the aircraft or release
 them by pulling the locking device and detaching the rope. Keep the aircraft stationary until
 the “ropes clear” signal is given.
 Note: Hover out-of-ground effect (OGE) power is required for this maneuver.
 Note: Task 1038 (Perform hovering flight) and Task 2036 (Perform terrain flight
 deceleration) contain procedures that may be used in performing this task.
 Note: A high hover, especially if a 90-foot rope is used, may cause the loss of all normal
 visual hover cues.

NIGHT OR NIGHT VISION DEVICE CONSIDERATIONS: Due to loss of forward references
during decelerations, recommend maximum pitch attitude of 15 degrees. Use infrared (IR) bypass
band filter searchlight as necessary to maintain position and hover altitude for night vision goggle
(NVG) operations. Proper scanning techniques are necessary to detect aircraft drift and to avoid
spatial disorientation.

1. Training will be conducted in the aircraft.
2. Evaluation will be conducted in the aircraft.

REFERENCES: Appropriate common references plus the following:
            FRIES Airworthiness Release