AVIATION LIFE SUPPORT EQUIPMENT MAINTENANCE
Organizing Aviation Life Support
Equipment (ALSE) servicing facilities is based on many
factors, such as the number of aircrew members
assigned, and the type and quantity of equipment. With
this in mind, the ALSE maintenance shop should be tai-
lored to the needs of the aviation unit, activity or facility.
The minimum standards for the ALSE facility and equip
ment contained in this Technical Manual (TM) are not
mandatory requirements, but are standards which can
be used for planning purposes. Local Commanders are
authorized to deviate from these standards whenever
circumstances cannot be reasonably obtained. It will be
the responsibility of the local Commander to be certain
that any deviation permitted will not foster unsafe or
unsanitary practices, recognizing that ALSE has specific
areas of supporting the user in hostile conditions i.e.,
high altitude, in water, land survival, etc. This equipment
must perform to standards the first time upon being acti-
vated for use. These standards will not be compromised.
Administration of the unit Life
Support Program must have the Commanders approval.
The unit Training Officer must provide scheduling time
and training for ALSE. Included should be Code of Con-
duct/Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE)
Training in accordance with AR 350-30. The unit Aviation
ALSE Officer must not only supervise the ALSE techni-
cians work, but also the training of the unit aircrew per-
sonnel in the care and use of ALSE, and survival training.
The ALSE technician will inspect, repair/replace, and
service the equipment in accordance with the applicable
Technical Manuals (TMs), Technical Orders (TOs), and
Naval Air Manuals (NAVAIRs), and maintain the required
forms and records as well as supervise the ALSE training
performed by aircrew personnel.
The ALSE maintenance area will comply
with all Army safety regulations and unit Standing Opera-
tion Procedures (SOP). The area will have all regulatory
signs i.e., NO SMOKING, EXIT, OXYGEN, etc., conspic-
uously posted. Horseplay will not be tolerated or per-
mitted in the area at any time. Personal safety equipment
will be used while working/servicing ALSE i.e., goggles,
face shield, apron, gloves, etc. Fire extinguishers will be
located as needed by type and weight. It is recom-
mended an extinguisher be located in each of the work,
storage, and administrative areas.
Maintenance of ALSE will be per-
formed only by school-trained, qualified personnel,
either military or civilian personnel trained in accordance
with paragraph 11-19 may inspect first aid kit. General
purpose, panel mounted, NSN 6545-00-919-6650, for
aircraft. Also maintenance personnel must be graduates
of the U.S. Army 600-ASIQ2, U.S. Air Force
C3AABR92230-000, U.S. Navy LSE C-602-2010, or
other courses of instruction approved by U.S. Army Avi-
ation Logistics School (USAALS), Ft. Eustis, VA.
USAALS has responsibility for training ALSE mainte-
nance personnel. Refresher courses do not qualify per-
sonnel to service ALSE.
ALSE consists of equipment
unique to aviation needs while flying or in a survival con-
dition. This equipment covers several Federal Supply
classifications i.e., Clothing 8415, Flotation Equipment
4220, Aircraft Air-Conditioning, Heating and Pressuriz-
ing 1660, etc. Each stock classification is initially
assigned to a command to manage i.e., stock classifica-
tion 1660 is assigned to the Air Force Logistics Com-
mand while 4220 is assigned to Naval Sea Systems
Command. Army Technical Manuals are assigned num-
bers by basic series and stock classification i.e., (TM
55-1600, 55 signifies transportation while 1660 signifies
aircraft air-conditioning and pressurizing equipment).
Because the management responsibility is fragmented
between many managers, which includes engineering
and maintenance, all ALSE items cannot be combined
into a single TM. The following paragraphs will described
the ALSE items and then reference the repair manuals
for that item.
11-6. Administration Area.
The ALSE administration
area should have a desk and chair, bookcase file cabinet,
and enough chairs for the efficient use of the area. A
library containing the necessary Army Regulations (ARs)
and the applicable TMs, TOs, and NAVAIRs for the ALSE
being used by the unit/units being serviced. Included
should be a microfiche viewer with current maintenance
and publications fiche. A supply of ALSE maintenance
forms will be maintained and used in accordance with DA
PAM 738-751. Visual boards relating to ALSE mainte-
nance scheduling shall be located near the desk of the
individual assigned to that particular equipment for quick
reference, (Refer to FM 1-508). Loitering of personnel in
the ALSE area will not be permitted. Loitering fosters
horseplay and other unsafe actions by personnel.