Aeromedical Evaluation of UH-1 Internal Advanced Personnel Rescue Hoists, Western Gear Corporation Hoist Models 42277R1 and 42305R1, Breeze Corporation Hoist ECP-720 Modification,
ARMY AEROMEDICAL RESEARCH LAB FORT RUCKER ALA
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The US Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory was tasked to provide aeromedical evaluation of advanced high performance helicopter personnel rescue hoists. Physiologic effects of increased hoist speed were evaluated and proven to be minimal at speeds of 500 feet per minute. Available helicopter electrical power provides speed up to 250 feet per minute under load limitation. State-of-the-art off the shelf rescue hoists were sought to provide immediate relief of the current life or death restriction of the US Army Helicopter Air Ambulance units. Safety, continuous cycle function, improved speed and increased operational capabilities were specifically evaluated.
- Escape, Rescue and Survival