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What You Need to Know About Using the Hook Eyelet

By now, everyone using the hoist should be familiar with the concept of “dynamic rollout” – a phenomenon that can occur when adverse geometry, slack in the cable, and an inadequate (or unlocked) locking mechanism combine to allow a lifting device to separate (roll out) from the hoist hook. Following a rollout event in 2016 that left a hoist rider permanently disabled, a number of incremental safety measures have been taken to remove the danger of a reoccurrence. One of the early safety measures, authorized by H-60-17-SOF-03, approved use of the hook eyelet as a primary attachment point for weights…
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Minimum Essential Tools

for the BL-29900-30-1 Rescue Hoist. “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them.”Steve Jobs I think Steve Jobs hit the proverbial nail on the head with that hammer of a statement! And we’ve all heard, “The right tool…for the right job…in the right way.” Well, this article is about equipping you with the right tools for properly maintaining the BL-29900-30-1 rescue hoist. Using them in the right way? Well, that’s where we’ll lean on your experience and perhaps…
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Hoist Workshops a Huge Success

Hoist Workshops a Huge Success

Since the beginning of FY19, we’ve completed two hoist workshops on-site in Whippany, NJ, one hoist workshop at Redstone Arsenal (hosted by PD MEDEVAC), as well as separate hoist training events at Ft. Bliss; Jackson, MS (MS-ARNG); and Williamstown, WV (WV-ARNG). All total, that is 81 students armed with greater confidence in maintaining the BL-29900-30-1 hoist. In additional to the scheduled, recurring hoist workshops, as of the date of this article we have training scheduled for the Texas Army National Guard, Ft. Campbell, and potentially, Alaska. All of our hoist workshops have been a huge success, but the remainder of…
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Application of Power

There is a very important but little-known WARNING in the BL-29900-30-1 Operation and Maintenance Manual (OMM) regarding the application of power to the hoist that every user needs to be aware of. This WARNING would actually be defined as a CAUTION by Army Technical Manual (TM) definitions, because we’re not talking about loss of life or injury but damage to equipment. The OMM states: Damage will occur to the rescue hoist system if DC power is present along with an operator command from the pilot, crew control (if applicable), or the pendant and then AC power is applied. Power should…
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The Origin of 19-AMAM-01

If you have not done so already, I recommend that before reading this article, you first read my related article entitled, "Summary of Safety Messages." As I mentioned in that article, we found that a lot of our problems with the hoist were self-induced. What I meant by that was that we were either not following GOOD guidance from the Army TMs, or we were following BAD guidance from the TMs, or both. I know that sounds confusing, so let me put it another way. The Army TMs have a lot of good information related to the hoist, but some…
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Summary of Safety Messages

If you've been around the Breeze-Eastern BL-29900-30-1 external rescue hoist for the last 3-4 years, you know that there has been a flurry of safety messages that have somehow been related to that hoist. It's enough to make someone wonder if the hoist is even safe to use. This article will provide a detailed answer to that question but first, let me state unequivocally and up front that the BL-29900-30-1 hoist has served the Army for 25+ years - going all the way back to the UH-60Q days - and has had an EXCEPTIONAL safety record. There is no question…when…
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Hoist Training Opportunities

Hoist Training Opportunities

Looking for hoist training on the BL-29900-30-1 external rescue hoist (US Army)? Then don't miss out! There are many opportunities to be taken advantage of: Training on-site at Breeze-Eastern Breeze-Eastern hosts four two-day hoist maintenance workshops per year at their location in Whippany, NJ. These workshops are conducted at no cost to the attendee (unit pays TDY costs). Attendees that complete both days of training will receive a serialized Hoist Maintenance Training Certificate from Breeze-Eastern. Class sizes are limited so check the events calendar for the available courses and sign up today! Hoist Workshops hosted by PD MEDEVAC PD MEDEVAC…
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