helicopter drop point

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helicopter drop point

A designated point within a landing zone where helicopters are unable to land because of the terrain, but in which they can discharge cargo or troops while hovering.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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"Vengeance Burns Hot,"slated for publication May 7 by Unsolicited Press, features Ed Kline, a helitack firefighting pilot stationed at a fictional base at Snoqualmie Pass fifty miles east of Seattle.
Based on the combined information, and knowing they were the closest resource, the USFS sent a "Helitack" helicopter-borne firefighting team and medical helicopters toward the accident site.
He worked as a wildland firefighter with the Logan Hotshots and previously worked as a helitack rapeller with the Frazier Rapellers.
The two members of the helitack team (a fire crew delivered by helicopter) had gotten a head start on their run up a nearby slope; they were finally located, their charred bodies huddled under a rock outcrop in a burned-out ravine.
Two helitack crew members on the top of the ridge also died when they tried to outrun the fire to the northwest.
Crews are dispatched in the most timely, efficient--and cost-effective--manner possible; if a wildland engine can reach the blaze, it's cheaper than a "helitack" crew.