Move down. Extend the arms horizontally sideways beckoning downwards, with the palms of the hands
turned down (B). Speed of arm movement shall indicate the desired rate of descent.
Hover. Extend the arms horizontally sideways with palms of the hands turned downward (C).
Slowdown. Extend the arms down with palms of the hands turned down and move the arms slightly up
and down (D).
Land. Cross the arms and extend the arms downward in front of the body (E).
Clear ground obstacles. Place both hands on top of the head with fingertips touching and elbows
extended to the side (F).
Move to left. Extend the right arm sideways horizontally in the direction of desired movement and
simultaneously swing the left arm in front of the body toward the desired direction of movement (G).
Move to right. Extend the left arm sideways horizontally in the direction of desired movement and
simultaneously swing the right arm in front of the body toward the desired direction of movement (H).
2-8. Aircraft Flight Speeds and Banking Maneuvers.
To prevent injury or death, no flight, with extracted personnel suspended below
the aircraft, shall exceed 80 KIAS.
Normal extended helicopter flights, with extracted personnel suspended below the aircraft, shall be conducted using
airspeeds up to 60 KIAS (knots indicated airspeed) with allowable banking turns of 400 or less. Under emergency
conditions, extended flights may exceed 60 KIAS, but not more than 80 KIAS, with allowable banking turns of 30or less.
2-9. Fast Rope Operation.
Refer to SOCOM Regulation 350-6.
Section IV. OPERATION UNDER UNUSUAL CONDITIONS
2-10. Emergency Jettisoning Procedures.
In the event an operational emergency occurs during extraction which may jeopardize the retrieving aircraft and crew, the
deployed personnel STABO extraction system shall be jettisoned. Procedures for the aircraft crew-member to jettison
the system are as follows:
If the anchoring device strap assembly has sufficient slack unsnap the extraction system suspension rope and
let it fall away from the aircraft.