- XRAY: A straight callsign XRAY designates either the Rotary Wing Commander or any available Rotary Wing Callsign.
- XRAY#: XRAY followed by a number is the individual aircraft pilot regardless of task.
XRAY# callsigns primary duties are the transport, insertion and extraction of forces including QRF. There is generally no more than four XRAY# callsigns (XRAY1, XRAY2, XRAY3, XRAY4) . One of those callsigns will also answer to XRAY and be the Air Commander. All other XRAY# callsigns will be directed and co-ordinate off XRAY (Air Commander).
XRAY# Callsigns will at times need to change roles to other Rotary Wing Callsigns. This will be co-ordinated by XRAY.
XRAY AIR TO GROUND COMMUNICATION
XRAY primarily co-ordinates through the TACP for all tasking. The TACP will co-ordinate all air requests through callsign XRAY. XRAY can then hand off XRAY# callsigns to tasks that are available in the HOLDING PATTERN.
- XRAY1 is acting as XRAY callsign
- (sqd) = Xray Squad Radio, (lr2) = Long Range Radio Channel2, (sqd alpha) = Alphas Channel Squad Radio
- XRAY3 joins HP with QRF Onboard lets XRAY know on XRAY local net.
- (sqd) XRAY3 in HP QRF ONBOARD
- XRAY raises TACP informing QRF ready for insertion and requests LZ
- (sqd) Copy XRAY3 WAIT OUT
- (lr2) TACP this is XRAY REQUESTING LZ QRF Callsign XRAY3
- (lr2) XRAY this is TACP QRF to ALPHA Position Handing Over
- (lr2) XRAY ACK QRF to ALPHA HANDOVER
- TACP would then advice Alpha to await XRAY3 on their net
- XRAY would inform XRAY3 clear to go to ALPHA net and make APPROACH
- (sqd) XRAY3 QRF for ALPHA
- (sqd) ACK XRAY3 to ALPHA
- (sqd alpha) ALPHA this is XRAY3 Requesting LZ QRF
- (sqd alpha) ACK XRAY3 LZ MARKED GRID 123543 BLUE SMOKE APPROACH LOW FROM EAST
- (lr2) XRAY this is XRAY3 ON APPROACH LZ ALPHA
- (lr2) COPY XRAY3 (XRAY)
- (sqd alpha) XRAY3 ON APPROACH
- (sqd alpha) BLUE SMOKE OUT
- (lr2) XRAY3 ON DECK
- (lr2) XRAY3 LIFTING
- (sqd) XRAY3 HOLDING
Standard Procedure for insertion is to count to 5 when touched down and lift after that time unless requested to hold before that time expires. This includes whether all passengers have disembarked or not. Anyone that misses the insertion will either be re-inserted straight away or await the next re-enforcement wave. Request should be made through Command for re-insertions.
Lift countdown timers:
- Little birds / 6 seats or less – 3 second timer before lift
- 6 to 15 seaters – standard 5 second timer before life
- 15 seats plus – as per VANDAL direction or special procedures
Extractions are controlled by the TACP. Squads or TACP on the ground secure an LZ and report LZ SECURE when ready. TACP co-ordinates LZ and rest of extraction. Once Squads mounted SQL reports CALLSIGN MOUNTED to CMD once all callsigns reported and Command Team is also mounted the Commander reports to TACP ALL MOUNTED and TACP gives all clear to XRAY when the TACP is ready to lift. All XRAY# callsigns on ground depart on XRAY LIFTING.
DO NOT LIFT UNLESS TACP ORDERS LIFT
If the LZ is deemed hot by the TACP prior to landing at an LZ or the LZ becomes hot while on the ground all XRAY callsigns are to perform individual lifts rather than wait for all callsigns to be ready to lift. Permission to lift still must come from the TACP or if the TACP is not located with the callsign inform command that #Callsign is to perform own extraction. Command will then inform the #Callsign to perform their own extraction and the SQL will order lift.
EMERGENCY LIFTS AND WAVEOFFS
Any callsign can order the Emergency Lift or Waveoff of an XRAY# Callsign if they have information of a threat to the aircraft. It does not need to passed through Command or the TACP. Any XRAY# callsign that is waved off or performs an emergency lift should let XRAY know and rejoin HP and request either a new LZ or await until the current one is safe.