The departure points are operated by units that can
perform depot-level maintenance.
Deploying aircraft arrive at the
departure points according to the established sequence for force
deployment or as otherwise directed.
As each helicopter arrives, a
dedicated depot support team prepares the aircraft for deployment.
Preparation includes required aircraft maintenance and installation
of ferry equipment.
Required ferry equipment is shown in Figure 4.
Concurrently, the deploying aircraft are integrated with their
predesignated aerial support team (AST). The deploying aircraft are
now prepared to depart the CONUS.
(2) Special maintenance should not be required on deploying
However, aircraft with less than 60 flying hours before
the next major inspection or maintenance phase is due should not
depart the CONUS depot. Except safety-of-flight items, defer routine
parts replacement until the aircraft land at the destination depot or
(3) The self-deployment execution directive triggers the
dispatch of predesignated ground support teams (GSTs) to stopover
points along self-deployment flight routes.
GSTs include necessary
equipment, repair parts, and personnel to provide limited services.
Limited services include supply; medical; maintenance; flight
To save time, units pre-position
some of the required equipment and repair parts at stopover points.