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On a daily basis, we had power available to hover out of ground effect OGE.

Performance planning was a critical part of each mission. By the end of April, the temperature at Kandahar was nearing degrees Fahrenheit.

AH Operations In Afghanistan

During the deployment, we were exposed to a wide range of temperatures, a variety of flight environments, and altitude extremes that we had never operated in before.


The terrain is relatively flat with rolling sand dunes 10 miles west and a mountain range approximately 15 miles to the north. We quickly learned that power management was a skill necessary to survive our deployment.

We adapted to this environment well, but were fortunate to have a wealth of experienced aviators in our company. A valuable lesson learned from this deployment is that units should focus early on power management issues and train accordingly so that they are prepared when deployed. Each mission required performance planning for altitudes, temperatures, and gross weights that were much higher than we normally operate. Our first mission took us from Kandahar to Bagram Airbase to refuel and then on to ay-64d eastern city of Khowst.

AH-64D Apache (Longbow)

This cell always contained at least one of the unit instructor pilots. The racetrack patterns and running fire tactics we utilized were necessary due to insufficient power to hover and to increase our ah-6d survivability.


We arrived in Afghanistan near the end of January and were based out of Kandahar International Airport.

During our missions in Afghanistan, we had two aviators assigned to our performance-planning cell. During the winter months at Pppc, our aircraft performed well.

We had already conducted numerous missions to include Operation Anaconda. While en route to Khowst, we crossed a snow-covered mountain at 11, MSL. We knew that it would not be long before power was a luxury that we would not have. Within three weeks of our arrival, our missions pcp taking us to higher pp higher altitudes. Kandahar is approximately 3, feet mean sea level MSL and can be characterized as high desert.

I slowly increased the power until I drooped the rotor and then decreased the collective.