instructed when to make the break into the Port Charlie landing
pattern. The pilot must contact PRI-FLY as he crosses the bow of the
ship and make the break into the Port Charlie landing pattern (Figure
8, page 23).
(3) The pilot makes his next report when his helicopter is
abeam the ship. After the pilot makes this report, he receives the
command, "Expect clearance to land."
On receipt of clearance to
land, the pilot takes all following instructions from the landing
signal enlisted (LSE). The LSE directs the pilot to land on one of
the landing spots.
A landing spot is a large "L" with a bisecting
stripe at a 45-degree angle as shown in Figure 9 (page 24).
Helicopters are centered on the upper part of the "L."
e. Stopover Point Operations
At this point, the crew proceeds with stopover point
The following safety procedures must be observed while
aboard the aircraft:
(1) Personnel will not approach or depart from a helicopter
while its rotors are being engaged or disengaged.
(2) Helicopters will not be deck-taxied on the flight deck.
(3) Helicopters will not be towed or pushed while rotors are
(4) Helicopters will not be launched or recovered and rotors
will not be engaged or disengaged while the ship is in a turn.
(5) Only spots that afford visual reference to the deck will
be used for night helicopter launches.
(6) Personnel required in the area of operating helicopters
will exercise extreme caution and observe the signals and directions
of the LSE or combat cargo representative.
(7) Dual engine helicopters will not be intentionally hovered
single engine over a deck spot.
If topping checks cannot be
performed in contact with the deck, they must be performed at an
appropriate altitude in flight.
(8) All personnel on the flight deck during flight operations