Cooperative missions for DCS rotorheads
Close Air Support
Troops and Logistics
Cooperative missions for DCS rotorheads
Search and Rescue
Cooperative missions for DCS rotorheads
Anti tank, convoy escort, spec ops



This training manual describes training requirements for pilots flying with the Black Shark Den. It is based off of real world tasks and references real world Army Regulations (AR) and training circulars (TC).Aircrew training manuals from the AH-64, OH-58D, UH-1 and MI-8 were used many things may not applicable to us in DCS for example for the most part you will always be single pilot and have no crew chief but the task may talk about pilot not on the controls or non rated crew member (crew chief) these parts of the task were not removed because the pilot will have to be doing the job of the pilot not on controls as well. Some systems may not be applicable as well but were left in for simplicity use common reasoning to pick and use what will work for the aircraft/mission you will be flying.

Our training philosophy here at BSD focuses on progressing new aviators through basic and advanced tasks (1000 and 2000 series tasks). New aviators will be assigned the designation Readiness level (RL) 3 once the aviator show proficiency in each of the base tasks below they will be progressed to RL 2 and will gain the privilege to join RL 2 level missions. Once the aviator shows competence in mission tasks listed below they will be progressed to RL1 and will have full access to all missions. Additional qualifications are available and may be required for some mission based on the role selected in the mission (I.E. Guns qual for a guns role or NVG qual for night operation). Our instructor pilots and unit trainers will do as much as possible to help you through progression but you need to meet us halfway take advantage of all training opportunities and practice and study in your free time.

BSD strives to have fun and play some awesome missions but to do that we need to be on the same page.


NVG QUAL: Required Tasks

1038 Perform Hovering Flight
1040 Perform Visual Meteorological Condition Takeoff
1044 Navigate By Pilotage And Dead Reckoning
1052 Perform Visual Meteorological Condition Flight Maneuvers
1058 Perform Visual Meteorological Conditions Approach
2056 Perform Terrain Flight

Note: NVG Qual must be accomplished during the hours of darkness under night vision goggles.

GUNSHIP QUAL: Required Tasks

2127 Perform Combat Maneuvering Flight
2128 Perform Close Combat Attack
2129 Perform Combat Position Operations
2133 Perform Team Employment Techniques
2422 Perform Firing Techniques
2456 Engage Target with Machine Gun
22462 Engage Target with the 2.75-Inch Folding Fin Aerial Rockets
2472 Perform Target Handover


: Required Tasks

2068 Perform Shipboard Operations


SLING QUAL: Required Tasks

2048 Perform Sling Load Operations


  1. Symbol usage.
    1. The diagonal (/) is used to indicate or/and. For example, SP/IP may mean SP or IP or may mean SP and IP.
    2. P* indicates pilot on the controls. P indicates pilot not on the controls.
  2. Word distinctions.
    1. Warnings, cautions, and notes. These words emphasize important and critical instructions.
      1. Warning: An operating or maintenance procedure, practice, condition, or statement, which, if not strictly observed, could result in injury to, or death of personnel.
      2. Caution: An operating or maintenance procedure, practice, condition, or statement, which, if not strictly observed, could result in damage to, or destruction of, equipment, or loss of mission effectiveness.
      3. Note: Highlights an essential operating or maintenance procedure, condition, or statement.
    2. Will, must, should, and may. These words distinguish between mandatory, preferred, and acceptable methods of accomplishment.
      1. Will, shall, or must indicate a mandatory requirement.
      2. Should is used to indicate a nonmandatory but preferred method of accomplishment.
      3. May or can indicate an acceptable method of accomplishment.
  3. Night Vision Devices (NVD) .
    1. A Night Vision System (NVS) refers to a system that is attached to the aircraft.
    2. Night Vision Goggles (NVG) refers to any image intensifier system (for example, the AN/AVS-6 [ANVIS]).
    3. NVD refers to NVS or NVG.


This chapter implements portions of STANAG 3114.

This chapter describes those maneuvers and procedures that are essential for maintaining crew member skills. It does not contain all the maneuvers that can be performed in the aircraft. Some tasks that must be done during required training or evaluation flights may not be mandatory for other flights. (For example, Task 1010 is not mandatory for all flights). However, aviators must complete the performance planning card when their training/mission involves this task or when the instructor or evaluator requires it.


  1. Task number
    1. Base tasks are assigned 1000-series numbers.
    2. Mission tasks are assigned 2000-series numbers.

       Note: Task with * are required for RL2/RL1 progression.

  1. Task title. The task title identifies a clearly defined and measurable activity. Titles may be the same in several ATMs, but tasks may be written differently for the specific airframe.
  2. Conditions. The conditions specify the common conditions under which the task will be performed. Reference will be made to a particular helicopter within a design series when necessary. All conditions must be met before task iterations can be credited. Normally, conditions are specified for wartime missions of the aircraft.
    1. Common conditions are—
      1. In a mission aircraft with mission equipment and crew, items required by AR 95-1, and publications.
    2. Common training/evaluation conditions are—
      1. When an UT, IP, SP, IE, or ME is required for the training of the task, then that individual will be at one set of the flight controls while the training is performed. References to IP in the task conditions include SP. References to flight engineer instructor (FI) in the task conditions include SI. Evaluators/trainers who are evaluating/training non rated crew members (NCMs) must be at a station without access to the flight controls except when evaluating crew coordination or conducting a no-notice evaluation.
  3. Standards. The standards describe the minimum degree of proficiency or standard of performance to which the task must be accomplished. The terms, ―without error‖, ―properly‖, and ―correctly‖ apply to all standards. The standards are based on ideal conditions. Task descriptions may contain required elements for satisfactory completion of a given task. Crew actions specified in the description are required to satisfactorily perform crew coordination. Some standards are common to several tasks. The following common standards apply to all tasks:
    1. All tasks.
      1. Perform crew coordination actions per chapter 4 and the task description.
      2. Apply appropriate environmental considerations.
      3. Do not exceed aircraft limitations.
      4. Use -10/CL, Operator’s Supplement/Supplement CL IAW 95-1 and this manual.
    2. All tasks with the engine operating.
      1. Maintain airspace surveillance (task 1026).
      2. The P* will announce intent to perform a specific maneuver or aircraft movement.
    3. Hover.
      1. Maintain heading ± 10 degrees.
      2. Maintain hover altitude ±1 foot (±10 feet for OGE).
      3. Do not allow drift to exceed ± 1 foot. (± 10 feet OGE) with minimum drift at touchdown..
      4. Maintain a constant rate of movement appropriate for existing conditions.
      5. Maintain a constant turn rate, not to exceed 90 degrees in 4 seconds.
      6. Maintain position over pivot point ± 2 feet (± 10 feet OGE).
      7. Make smooth and controlled ascents and descents to/from the ground.
      8. Ensure rates of descent do not exceed 300 FPM
    4. In-Flight.
      1. Properly clear the aircraft and inform other crew member of all traffic, targets, or obstacles that pose a threat to safe aircraft operations.
      2. Maintain aircraft in trim
      3. Maintain selected airspeed ± 10 KIAS.
      4. Maintain selected angle of bank ± 10 degrees.
      5. Maintain selected altitude ± 100 feet.
      6. (Roll out on desired heading ± 10 degrees.
      7. (Maintain rate of climb/ descent ± 100 feet.
    5. Takeoff / approaches.
      1. Perform an area reconnaissance of the landing/departure area.
      2. Establish the proper altitude/flight path to clear obstacles.
      3. Establish airspeed ±10 knots.
      4. Maintain ground track alignment with the landing/departure direction, as appropriate, with minimum drift
      5. Maintain aircraft trim above 50'AGL and align the aircraft with takeoff/landing direction at or below 50’ AGL
      6. Maintain the appropriate angle and speed necessary for the conditions.
      7. Perform a smooth and controlled termination to a hover or to the ground at the intended point of touchdown.