Are You Flying with the Right Radio?

Pilots, having the right radio in your Lakota rotorcraft is the difference between communicating and not communicating.

The bad news is that some RT-5000 radios meant for Kiowa OH-58A/C models have been installed on the Lakota UH-72A models. The wrong radio sets were moved into unit avionic stocks and used in Lakotas as line replaceable units (LRUs).

 

Both airframes use RT-5000, remote-mount, multi-band AM/FM transceiver radios. The version used for OH-58A/C Kiowas does not allow for digital transmission and reception of the same frequency signals like the RT-5000 approved for the Lakota.

If your UH-72A’s radio isn’t operating properly, eyeball the part number (PN) and cross check that PN against the proper supplemental type certificate (STC) for the correct Mission Equipment Package (MEP) of the rotorcraft.

Lakotas operating in a security and support (S&S) MEP, need the RT-5000s with PN 400-105525-6011 for comm #4, and PN 400-105525-6111 for comm #5. For Lakotas in a non-S&S MEP configuration, the RT-5000 radio should be PN 400-015525-5111 operating in comm #4.

If you find an unauthorized radio in your Lakota, make the following entry in the aircraft logbook:

 

“RT-5000 (PN 400-015525-xxxx*) required removal and replacement per aircraft’s STC with correct RT-5000 (PN 400-015525-xxxx*)”

*Ensure the PN(s) reflect the RT-5000 to be removed and the correct PN(s) for the MEP version that is going to be installed.

Got questions about the RT-5000 radio? Contact Keith Stilwell, DSN 645-0797, (256) 955-0797 or email:

keith.e.stilwell.civ@mail.mil


Pick the Right Type and Number of Jacks

Mechanics, aircraft jacks are vital for maintenance on your helicopter. They’ve been around for years and gone through a lot of changes. Some have been put out to pasture while others have been neglected.

Now, that won’t be a problem anymore because we told you on Pages 27-30 of PS 760 (Mar 16), how to maintain your jacked up jacks.

With all the changes, sometimes it’s difficult to determine which jack is used for which aircraft task. No longer. Here’s a list of the maintenance tasks that require jacks and how many to use:

Apache

   NOTE: These are typical tasks which require the aircraft to be placed on jacks. Please ensure you follow TM 1-1520-Longbow/Apache (IETM) for specific requirements, size, placement, warnings, cautions, and notes for all jacks.

  • Jacking aircraft, 3 point, using a tripod jack requires two 5-ton jacks, NSN 1730-00-516-2018, and one 3-ton jack, NSN 1730-00-734-9382. The Fuselage adapter, NSN 1560-01-226-7551, will also be used.
  • Jacking aircraft, 2 point, using a tripod jack requires two 5-ton jacks, NSN 1730-00-516-2018. The Fuselage adapter, NSN 1560-01-226-7551, will also be used.
  • Jacking tail landing gear using a tripod jack requires one 3-ton jack, NSN 1740-00-734-9382.
  • Jacking the main landing gear, 1 point, using an axle jack requires one 5-ton jack, NSN 1740-00-540-2343.                Chinook
  •    Note that Apache is the only helicopter airframe that uses the 5-ton jack, NSN 1730-00-516-2018.
  •  Jacking an entire Chinook requires two 12-ton jacks, NSN 1730-00-912-3998, and two 10-ton jacks, NSN 1730-00-203-4697. As an alternative method, you can use two 12-ton jacks, NSN 1730-00-912-3998, and one 10-ton jack, NSN 1730-01-563-7046.
  •  Replacing the forward right- or left-hand gear assembly requires one 10-ton jack, NSN 1730-01-563-7046. However, the aircraft weight must be below 24, 500 pounds.
  •  Replacing the forward right- or left-hand tire assembly requires one 10-ton jack, NSN 1730-203-4697.
  •  Replacing the aft right- or left- hand gear assemblies requires one 12-ton jack, NSN 1730-00-912-3998.
  •  Replacing the aft right- or left- hand tire assembly requires one 12-ton jack, NSN 1730-00-912-3998.
  • Weighing aircraft using load cells (3 point) with a max gross weight of 24,500 pounds requires two 12-ton jacks, NSN 1730-00-912-3998, and one 10-ton jack, NSN 1730-01-563-7046.
  •  Weighing aircraft using load cells (4 point) with a max gross weight of 33,000 pounds requires two 12-ton jacks, NSN 1730-00-912-3998, and two 10-ton jacks, NSN 1730-00-203-4697.
  •         A/C Model Kiowa Warrior
  • Jacking an entire OH-58A/C requires three 12-ton jacks, NSN 1730-00-912-3998.
  •          D-Model Kiowa Warrior
  •  Jacking an entire OH-58D requires   three 12-ton jacks, NSN 1730-00-912-3998.          Black Hawk Aircraft
  •    NOTE: When a Kiowa is on jacks, use an overhead hoist or cable support to maintain the aircraft. This is done as a safety precaution in the event a strong wind gust blows through the hangar and knocks the Kiowa off the jacks.
  •  Jacking requires three 12-ton jacks, NSN 1730-00-201-4849.
  •  Removal and installation of the right- and left-hand landing gear shock strut requires one 12-ton jack, NSN 1730-00-201-4849.
  • Jacking the right- and left-hand main landing gear wheel and tire assembly requires one 10-ton jack, NSN 1730-00-203-4697.
  • Removal and installation of the tail landing gear shock strut requires one 12-ton jack, NSN 1730-00-201-4849.
  •  Removal and installation of the     tail landing gear wheel and tire assembly requires one 10-ton jack, NSN 1730-00-203-4697.
  •  Weighing the helicopter using load cells (3 point) requires three 12-ton jacks, NSN 1730-00-201-4849.
  •  Changing a flat tire or collapsed strut requires one 12-ton jack, NSN 1730-00-201-4849, or one 10-ton jack, NSN 1730-00-912-4697.
  •  Changing a flat tail tire or collapsed gear strut requires one 12-ton jack, NSN 1730-00-201-4849, and one 10-ton jack, NSN 1730-00-912-4697.
  •             Lakota Aircraft
  •  Jacking an entire UH-72A aircraft takes four jacks. The type of jack is not specified, but two 12-ton tripod jacks, NSN 1730-00-912-3998, and two 10-ton landing gear jacks, NSN 1730-00-203-4697, work well.
  •  Weighing the Lakota requires three jacks. The type of jack is not specified, but one 12-ton tripod jack, NSN 1730-00-912-3998 and two 10-ton landing gear jacks, NSN 1730-00-203-4697 work well.