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Utility Helicopters: JTDI VS UHPO
By | May 4, 2022
Mechanics, if you’ve accessed the JTDI Technical Publications and the Utility Helicopter Project Office (UHPO) websites and thought they appeared identical, you’re right; they are. Read on to find out more...

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MEDEVAC: 2022 Hoist Training Schedules
By | May 4, 2022
Mechanics, it’s that time again for training on the rescue hoist ground support equipment (RHGSE) by Zephyr and the BL-29900-30-1 external rescue hoist by Breeze-Eastern. Check out the training schedule linked in this...

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MEDEVAC: Prevent External Rescue Hoist Corrosion
By | May 3, 2022
Mechanics, corrosion control is an ongoing fight and it’s no different for the Breeze-Eastern external rescue hoist, PN BL-29900-30-1. Click to find a PDF with more info on controlling corrosion before it begins...

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MEDEVAC: Give Zephyrs TLC with S-C-R-A-P
By | May 3, 2022
Mechanics, it’s important to take care of your aircraft and equally important to maintain the equipment that supports your aircraft—such as the Zephyr. Learn more about caring for this...

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MEDEVAC: Attention to Detail When Using Rescue Hoist
By | May 3, 2022
Rescue missions or evacuations of injured Soldiers should not be taken lightly. Hoisting a Soldier to the next level of care in a SKED basic rescue system requires acute attention to detail when preparing a Soldier for...

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MEDEVAC: Rescue Hoist Kits Not an Army Option
By | April 26, 2022
Mechanics, when a cartridge-actuated device (also known as “CAD” or squib”) on the hoist is fired, ALL of the components of the cable cut system must be replaced, but certain kits are not an option. Keep reading to learn what...

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H-60: ECS Maintenance Easier With Quick Disconnects
By | Nov. 8, 2021
The Utility Helicopter Project Office has put out information that helps MEDEVAC units perform environmental control system (ECS) maintenance more efficiently using quick disconnects (QDs)...

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MEDEVAC: EPA Certification Training Required
By | Nov. 3, 2021
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) certification training is now available at the MEDEVAC Mission Equipment Training (MEDMET) Center. Read on to learn about upcoming class dates...

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MEDEVAC: NSN Assigned for Lift Bag Kit
By | Aug. 27, 2021
MEDEVAC operators, based on input and feedback from the field on the use and ordering of lift bag kits, PD MEDEVAC has now assigned the kit an NSN...

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MEDEVAC: Rescue Hoist Hook Now Has NSN
By | Aug. 27, 2021
Mechanics, the MEDEVAC internal rescue hoist D-Lok hook now has an NSN assigned. The hook NSN is 4030-01-01-686-4251 (PN 414AF 686-4251) and is available through the supply system...

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UH-60: Ordering Non-Stock Listed Parts
By | Aug. 24, 2021
MEDEVAC maintainers in the field frequently request non-stock listed items. Even if an item or part doesn’t have an NSN, you can still order it with a part number (PN) using DD Form 1348-6, DOD SINGLE LINE ITEM REQUISITION...

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MEDEVAC: Get Your MEDMET Training Done
By | Aug. 17, 2021
PD MEDEVAC is on a mission to make sure the MEDEVAC community gets needed maintenance training. This training is held four times a year (Feb, May, Aug and Nov) at the MEDEVAC Mission Equipment Training (MEDMET) Center at Ft...

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MEDEVAC: Ordering Non-Stock Listed Items from Supply System
By | July 1, 2021
Mechanics, when it comes to MEDEVAC mission equipment to support field maintenance, there are frequent requirements units identify for non-stock listed parts. Even if a part doesn’t have an NSN, units can still order it using...

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MEDEVAC: Hoist Mod Approved for Event Counter Viewing Window
By | June 8, 2021
This article initially appeared in PS 803 (Oct 18), p. 26. Mechanics, aviation engineering directorate liaison engineers—or AED LEs—now have permission to modify the MEDEVAC’s external rescue hoist, NSN 1680-01-505-3913, aft...

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UH-60M: There's a New Shaft in Town!
By | Nov. 13, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 786 (May 18), page 40. If you need to order a new main shaft extension assembly for the UH-60M Black Hawk, get it with NSN 1615-01-634-0170 (PN 70351-08186-047)...

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MEDEVAC: External Rescue Hoist Bolt Update
By | Oct. 28, 2020
Back in 2017, PD MEDEVAC published Aviation Maintenance Action Message (AMAM) H-60-17-AMAM-07 to instruct units to inspect for corrosion on part of the H-60A/L externally mounted rescue hoist (EMRH) system...

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MEDEVAC: Oxygen Bottle Bracket Update
By | Oct. 21, 2020
In Dec 2019, PS told you what to do when the interim MEDEVAC mission support system (IMMSS) oxygen bottle brackets crack or break and how to get replacements until an NSN was assigned. Thanks to the units using the DD Form...

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Blackhawk: MEDEVAC Equipment 2410 Update
By | Oct. 20, 2020
If you’re wondering where PD MEDEVAC is in converting the internal and external hoists and their associated pendants into items tracked by DA Form 2410, listen up!...

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MEDEVAC: Hoist Bumper Spring Assembly Part Number Correction
By | Sept. 14, 2020
The MEDEVAC hoist bumper/spring assembly in both TM 1-1520-237-23&P (Jan 19) and TM 1-1520-280-23&P (Mar 20) has the incorrect obsolete part number, BL-12750-3. That part number, BL-12750-3, is a shorter crushable bumper and...

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MEDEVAC: How to Get BAM Window Parts
By | Aug. 6, 2020
The Black Hawk Advanced MEDEVAC (BAM) window on your MEDEVAC consists of several parts that can be replaced at the unit level...

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Aircraft: FOD Control is a Must
By | July 8, 2020
Foreign object debris (FOD) is the culprit behind foreign object damage (FOD) to aircraft. FOD can come from the most unsuspecting places, like a pebble stuck in the sole of your boots, hardware that’s been left behind after...

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Aviation: Take Control of CORROSION
By | July 7, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 800 (Jul 19), p. 25. Mechanics, aircraft multipin electrical connectors are the electrical interface between the aircraft and avionics systems. The failure of just one electrical...

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Aircraft: COVID-19 Disinfectant Recommendations
By | June 11, 2020
Protecting yourself, your aircraft and everyone around you in a COVID-19 environment is important. In this new normal dealing with COVID-19, it’s important to remind you of the approved cleaning solution for all aircraft to...

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Aviation: Dealing With Birds and Nests in Aircraft and Hangars
By | June 4, 2020
The old saying, “birds of a feather flock together,” is not just a turn of the phrase, but a reality that’s happening on and inside Black Hawks, Apaches, Chinooks and aircraft hangars. Any aircraft opening or perch is an...

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Aircraft: Win the Battle of the Birds
By | May 19, 2020
The old saying, “Birds of a feather flock together,” is not just a saying, but it’s happening inside aircraft hangars. Birds love to set up shop inside hangars to nest and breed. They leave droppings, which is always a...

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Aircraft: Maintenance Situational Unawareness
By | May 11, 2020
Aircraft maintenance is very important for mission success and so is maintenance situational awareness. The two go hand-in hand. The US Army Aviation Center of Excellence and Fort Rucker published an article about maintenance...

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All Aircraft: Emergency Response Methodology
By | May 11, 2020
A recent US Army Aviation Center of Excellence (USAACE) analysis of mishaps showed a need for training in crew reactions to aircraft emergencies, especially when it comes to large-scale combat operations (LSCO) flight...

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MEDEVAC: New Rescue Hoist Vest Approved
By | April 8, 2020
This article initially appeared in PS 801, page 22. When it comes to rescue hoist operations, having the right equipment is vital. Now you have another option. The Air Rescue Vest-Quick Connect (ARV-QC) is now approved for...

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MEDEVAC: Are Setscrews Set?
By | Feb. 25, 2020
Mechanics, the external rescue hoist, NSN 1680-01-505-3913, has a roller housing attached to the bottom of the cable guide assembly. Inside the housing is an assembly with four rollers allowing for fleet angle operations up...

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MEDEVAC: Get Hoist Training at Your Unit
By | Jan. 30, 2020
If your unit needs hoist training, Breeze-Eastern has a great training option. They’ll come to you!  If more than four to five students need training, this option may be more economical than paying TDY for the attendees...

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MEDEVAC: TM Part Number Correction for Bumper/Spring Assembly
By | Jan. 24, 2020
TM 1-1520-237-23&P (Jan 19) shows the rescue hoist’s crushable bumper/spring assembly as Item 23 in Fig 14-4 of WP 3415. The TM lists NSN 5340-01-512-0408 and PN BL-12750-3 for this item...

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MEDEVAC: Having Oxygen Bottle Bracket Trouble?
By | Dec. 9, 2019
PD MEDEVAC needs to know if you have broken or cracked brackets and requests that units submit a DD Form 1348-6 supply request through normal channels for replacements...

U.S. Army Combat Medic Soldiers in the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT),  conduct cold and hot load training on a MEDEVAC UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter from 5th Armored Brigade, First Army Division West, near Fort Bliss, Texas, September 3, 2019. The Soldiers from the North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia National Guard that comprise the 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team are preparing for their deployment to support Operation Spartan Shield in the Middle East.
MEDEVAC: Get Help with MEDEVAC Environmental Control System
By | Oct. 28, 2019
Mechanics,Got problems or issues with your environmental control system (ECS)? PD MEDEVAC wants to hear from you.If you have concerns or opinions about ECS operations, maintenance, support or training, let MEDEVAC know about...

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Aviation: Quick-Release Extension Tether Fielding Update
By | Oct. 28, 2019
Operators, now that PM Air Warrior is almost done training and fielding the quick-release extension tether (QRET), MEDEVAC folks need your help. If there are any MEDEVAC, Black Hawk, and Chinook units out there that haven’t...

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MEDEVAC: Internal Rescue Hoist TM Published
By | Oct. 23, 2019
Mechanics, the word is out. TM 1-1680-320-13&P (Nov 18), which covers the Black Hawk high-performance rescue hoist assembly, NSN 1680-01-552-3442, has been revised...