101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Gold Book

APP 3 - In-flight Commands

ELEMENT: Brigade/battalion task force.

TASK: In-flight commands during air assault operations.

CONDITIONS: In a UH-60 aircraft with seats in/out during day or night air assault operations.

STANDARD: Clear and concise, verbal and visual commands successfully given to the chalk leader and passengers.

PERFORMANCE MEASURES:

1. "Five-minutes" to LZ command

a. Aircraft pilot-in-command" (PC) will give the "five-minute" command to the crewchief over the internal communication system (ICS).

b. Crewchief will give the "five-minute" command to the chalk leader verbally and visually by extending five fingers.

c. Chalk leader will echo command to passengers. All passengers will acknowledge the command by holding up five fingers.

2. "Check equipment" command.

a. Chalk leader will give the "check equipment" command to the passengers verbally and with the visual signal of tapping his chest twice with a closed fist. Passengers will secure any loose items (i.e. MRE’s, maps, flashlights, etc.). Seat belts WILL NOT be unbuckled at this time. Passengers will acknowledge the command by holding a closed fist in the air.

3. "One-minute" to LZ command.

a. Aircraft PC will give the "one-minute" command to the crew-chief over the ICS.

b. Crew-chief will give the "one-minute" command to the chalk leader verbally and visually by extending one finger.

c. Chalk leader will echo the command to the passengers. At this time the RTO will unhook their radio from the external antenna connector and store the antenna so it does not extend above the top of the kevlar helmet. Passengers will acknowledge the command by holding up one finger.

4. "Execute" command.

a. Aircraft PC will give the "Execute" command to the crewchief over the ICS when the aircraft has landed.

b. Crew-chief then echoes the command and points to the cargo door handle that the passengers will exit.

5. Passengers unbuckle seatbelts and exit the aircraft.