3.3.4 Additional emphasis/wording is required in Work Packages 0025, and 0026
paragraph 11, Post Recovery Damaged Helicopter Procedures as follows:
188.8.131.52 This is a structurally damaged aircraft. Before returning helicopter to flight
status inspect and repair in accordance with appropriate technical manuals and depot
3.3.5 The points of contact for above engineering data and recommendations are Mr.
Thom Brown, AMSAM-RD-AE-F-T, or Edwin D. Martin, Chief, Structural
Technology Branch, Structures and Materials Division.
References: A. SER-702724, Titled, Static Analysis of the UH-60 Airframe Dynamic
Components for Aerial Recovery with the UMARK System dated 27 July 2001.
The majority of peacetime recovery operations are not aerial recovery of non-damaged
victim helicopters. This Technical Bulletin is provided for the Commander and his Unit
to limit or preclude further aircraft damage during recovery operations in a peacetime
aerial recovery operation. The TM also attempts to preclude damage to the victim
aircraft by limiting loads lifted and slowing recovery speeds. The Drouge Parachute is
recommended for damaged aircraft in the TM to enhance stable flight of combat
damaged aircraft, but not recommended in peacetime due to stresses placed on the
tailboom of the OH-58 series helicopters. The AMCOM Engineering is always
available for questions and assistance in helicopter recovery to preclude further damage
and ensure safe recovery operations.