Cyalume light sticks for airborne testing / TAP
- Marking of various zones (LZ Landing Zone, DZ Drop Zone/Dropping Zone): 10” lightsticks on tripods or 15’’ lightsticks can mark out routes and offloading zones; an inverted “Y” or a “T” can mark the landing zone in a helicopter landing zone, and the approach direction.
- Rope end indicator: two 15 Inch (40cm) lightsticks are attached to the end of the lifeline informing the crew commander of when the rope touches the ground. To be attached to the line 1.5 m from the touchdown point. Lay out the rope and ensure that it is fully extended on the ground before being used with descenders (during use at night, 2 Cyalume lightsticks are attached to the bottom end of the rope).
- Hook lighting: Flexbands around the hook make sling drops easier.
For covert operations at night, several marking techniques can be used for stealthy progression. Scouts use visible Cyalume lightsticks with pre-established color codes or infrared versions for reconnaissance along the route being followed so that followers can reach rallying points more quickly.