AIR COMMAND AND COMMUNICATION

RADIO SETUP AND USE

  • CONFIGURATION
    • SW: CH6
    • LR: CH2
    • LR ALT: CH1
  • RADIO PROCEDURE
    • All communication should be through TACP LR:CH2 unless not available.
    • Alternative is CMD on LR: CH1 or as available ALPHA, BRAVO, CHARLIE, DELTA squads.

AIRCRAFT SAFETY

  • Rotary Wing Callsigns are responsible for their own aircraft at all times. At no point do aircraft need to adhere to the SOP if they feel that their helo is in danger or over exposed. This includes unsatisfactory LZ’s, flight paths or Holding Patterns.
  • All elements should rarely fly alone instead flying in pairs or greater formations.
  • In situations such as hot LZ’s or separated LZ’s where helo’s lift at different times all callsigns should move to a safe Holding Pattern until other elements rejoin before returning to base or departing area unless where ordered or request approved to do so.

BRIEFING

Ensure after any briefing you are aware of:

  • who is the main Air Commander
  • any no fly zones during the operation
  • initial LZ or pickup points
  • eRV extraction points
  • intended use of your helo in the mission
  • QRF/Re-enforcement procedure and your role with it

If any of these are un-answered seek those answers with Command.

DOWNED HELO

  • A downed helo either disabled on the LZ or crash landed somewhere should be immediately supported by other air callsign and crew evacuated as soon as possible if safe to do so. Inform Command of downed helo and grid so either rescue of pilot or destruction of damaged helo can be arranged.
  • If immediate extraction or rescue can not be achieved the pilot and crew are to escape do not maintain position on downed aircraft. Primarily try to regroup with ground forces or proceed to eRV point. (ASOR promotes the role play of downed aircraft scenarios so if you go down and survive please play it out rather than hit respawn)

AIR LEVELS

Air levels are used to describe your current status, action or planned change in action while in the air.

RTB

  • Returning to or at Base, also used when leaving holding pattern to return to base
  • USE: XRAY1 RTB FUEL / XRAY2 RTB QRF

HOLDING

  • Holding Pattern (safe holding distance, see HOLDING PATTERN)
  • USE: XRAY1 HOLDING / XRAY2 JOINING HOLDING / XRAY3 DEPARTING HOLDING RTB / DAGGER DEPARTING HOLDING MOVING TO APPROACH WHISKEY
  • Holding Area is considered part of the Air Area of Operations (AAO)

APPROACH

  • Landing or ATG Strike
  • USE: XRAY1 ON APPROACH / DAGGER1 MOVING TO APPROACH WHISKEY / DAGGER1 ON APPOACH WEAPONS HOT
  • On Approach is considered part of the Air Area of Operations (AAO)

GROUND LEVELS

Ground levels are used to describe your current status or planned change in status.
ON DECK

  • Landed and conducting task for limited time
  • HOLDING ON DECK is used if longer than normal insert/exfil or awaiting ground loading / delay etc
  • USE: XRAY1 ON DECK

LIFTING

  • About to take off from an LZ
  • Generally always moving out of LZ to holding pattern
  • USE: XRAY1 LIFING

DOWN

  • Disabled on the ground
  • Crashed
  • USE: XRAY1 IS DOWN

AIR COMMAND

Callsign: XRAY

The XRAY callsign designates all rotary wing aircraft (XRAY1, 2, 3, 4, DAGGER, PHANTOM etc) one of those units answers to straight XRAY and is the current Commander of the Air Area of Operations (AAO). Any XRAY callsign should be able to take this role but there should only be one XRAY callsign answering to XRAY at any one time so clear communication is required between Rotary Wing Callsigns as to who is the current Air Commander is required.

The AAO is the immediate area around any troops on the ground and includes any Holding Patterns, Approach Areas and LZ’s. The Air Commander should always be at closest point to friendly forces on the ground. (AAO)

Duties Include:

  • Air to Ground Communication
  • Co-ordination of all Rotary Wing aircraft in the AAO
  • Rotary Wing Tasking
  • Hand off of Air Assets to Ground where required
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