The laser shall be given special safety
considerations because of the extreme danger involved
during its operation. Relatively low laser light levels can
cause permanent damage to eyes and skin burns. There
is an additional danger of electrical shock from laser com-
2.7 EQUIPMENT STOWAGE COMPARTMENTS.
The aft storage bay (fig 2-2) is for the stowage of tie down
devices, protective covers, and other helicopter equip-
ment. The loading conditions for this bay are covered in
Chapter 6, Weight/Balance and Loading. The survival
equipment storage bay (fig 2-2) is large enough to store a
combat helmet, an environmental survival kit, a survival
weapon, and a box of field-type rations for each crew-
member. The loading limitations for this bay are covered
in Chapter 6, Weight/Balance and Loading.
2.8 WINDSHIELD AND CANOPY PANELS.
The windshield consists of two
heated laminated glass windshields. One is directly for-
ward of the CPG; the other is directly above his head. The
canopy consists of five acrylic panels: Two on each side of
the crew stations and one directly above the pilot.
2.8.2 Canopy Panels.
The two canopy panels on the
right are independently hinged. They latch and unlatch
separately by interior or exterior handles. They swing up-
ward to provide entrance to, and exit from, the crew sta-
tion. Failure to properly close either canopy causes the
CANOPY caution light on the pilot caution/warning panel
(fig 2-7) to illuminate. The two canopy panels on the left
side are fixed and do not open.
2.8.3 Canopy Jettison System.
The canopy jettison
system provides rapid egress paths when the helicopter
access door(s) are jammed or blocked. It consists of three
CANOPY JETTISON handles and detonation cords
installed around the periphery of each of the four acrylic
side panels on the sides of the pilot and CPG stations.
The pilot handle (fig 2-1) is located at the upper left corner
of the pilot instrument panel (fig 2-7). The CPG handle (fig
2-1) is located at the upper left corner of the CPG panel
(fig 2-8). The external ground crew handle is located un-
der a quick-release panel directly forward of the CPG
windshield (fig 2-2). When operated, the system severs
the four side panels. To arm the system, a CANOPY JET-
TISON handle is rotated 90 left or right, which uncovers
the word ARMED on both sides of the handle. To activate
the system, the rotated CANOPY JETTISON handle is
pushed in, detonating a primer/initiator within the handle.
The primer/initiator ignites the detonation cord which, in
turn, ignites and burns around the periphery of the side
panels. The burning action cuts a fine line around the side
panels, severing them from the fuselage.
Canopy Jettison Handle