HMH-366 conducts aerial insertion training

II Marine Expeditionary Force
Story by Lance Cpl. J. R. Heins

Date: 12.05.2013
Posted: 12.05.2013 10:30
News ID: 117769
HMH-366 conducts aerial insertion training

CHERRY POINT, N.C. - Pilots and crewmembers from Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 366 conducted tactical aerial insertion drills for emergency scenarios northwest of Marine Corps Outlying Field Atlantic Dec. 3.<br /> <br /> Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron 467 provided close-air support with an AH-1W Super Cobra helicopter during the simulated mission.<br /> <br /> “The overall purpose of training was providing the aircrew training with inserting troops in a hot [landing zone] as well as the escort’s ability to provide their role as close air support,” said Capt. Chris Ludlum, a pilot with HMH-366.<br /> <br /> The Marines conducted the training by landing their Super Stallions along a road as the Super Cobras flew overhead.<br /> <br /> “Everything went very smooth with the training today,” said Ludlum. “We can have the guys out of the aircraft in less than a minute.” <br /> <br /> Speed during an aerial insertion is imperative. Aerial insertion training helps pilots and aircrew prepare for possible combat and humanitarian assistance missions. <br /> <br /> “It all depends on the experience level of the guys we’re hauling,” said Sgt. Cory Emily, a crew chief with HMH-366. “If the passengers are more senior Marines that have conducted this type of exercise before, they generally are in and out very quick.” <br /> <br /> The training helped crewmembers refresh their abilities to assist pilots during takeoff and landing as well as communication between aircraft.<br /> <br /> “This type of training gets us integrated with working with other air assets,” said Emily. “Today it was the [Super Cobras], coordinating efficiently with them to conduct the mission.”