Unit of competency details

DEFCM303B - Rig and dispatch air-drop loads (Release 2)


ReleaseStatusRelease date
2 (this release)Current 24/Jan/2013
(View details for release 1) Replaced15/Mar/2012

Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to DEFADI003 - Rig and dispatch air-drop loadsPerformance Criteria removed 16/Aug/2017

Training packages that include this unit


SchemeCodeClassification value
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 089901 Purchasing, Warehousing And Distribution  

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ASCED Module/Unit of Competency Field of Education Identifier 089901 Purchasing, Warehousing And Distribution  03/Sep/2012 
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Unit Descriptor

This unit covers the competency required to prepare, rig and dispatch air-drop loads in support of ground activities, which may occur in a hostile or benign environment.

Defence air dispatchers work as part of an air dispatch crew, often in conjunction with the crew of a supporting aircraft tasked for air-drop operations.

Application of the Unit

As agreed in the creation of this Training Package, applications for units transferred from the PUA00 Public Safety Training Package will be developed as part of continuous improvement plans, and taking into account the change in Unit of Competency format as detailed in templates for Streamlined Training Packages.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Not applicable.


Not applicable.

Employability Skills Information

This unit contains employability skills.

Elements and Performance Criteria Pre-Content

Elements describe the essential outcomes of a Unit of Competency.

Performance Criteria describe the required performance needed to demonstrate achievement of the element. Where bold italicised  text is used, further information is detailed in the Required Skills and Knowledge and/or the Range Statement. Assessment of performance is to be consistent with the Evidence Guide.

Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Rig container and platform for air-drop loads 

1.1 Hand and power tools are selected and used in accordance with standard procedures .

1.2 Cordage  is selected and used in accordance with standard procedures.

1.3 Aerial delivery equipment  is selected and used in accordance with standard procedures.

1.4 Parachutes  are selected and handled in accordance with standard procedures.

1.5 Parachutes are attached in accordance with standard procedures.

1.6 Container  and platform loads  are rigged as part of a crew, and in accordance with standard procedures.

1.7 Air -drop and air movement documentation  is compiled, used and distributed in accordance with standard procedures.

2. Load and dispatch air-drop loads 

2.1 Aircraft loading equipment  is operated in accordance with standard procedures.

2.2 Aircraft restraint devices  are operated in accordance with standard procedures.

2.3 Stores and equipment are prepared for container and platform air-drop.

2.4 Aircraft loading is completed as part of a crew and in accordance with standard procedures.

2.5 Air-drop loads  are safely and effectively dispatched from the aircraft in accordance with air-drop procedures.

Required Skills and Knowledge

This describes the essential skills and knowledge and their level, required for this unit.

Required Skills 

  • complete documentation
  • display initiative
  • manage resources
  • use hand and power tools
  • use weighing devices (scales) and calculators

Required Knowledge 

  • airfield and aircraft discipline
  • applicable air-drop publications
  • cargo aircraft roles and capabilities
  • classification for dangerous goods
  • compiling air movements and air-drop documentation
  • load preparation
  • loading cargo aircraft
  • WHS particular to rigging and loading air-drop loads
  • responsibilities of an air dispatch crew member in flight
  • rigging container loads
  • rigging platform loads
  • types and methods of air-drop and their application
  • uses, strengths, handling and storage of aerial delivery equipment

Evidence Guide

Critical aspects for assessment and evidence required to demonstrate competency in this unit 

Assessment must confirm the ability to:

  • interpret air logistic publications and comply with their requirements
  • apply rated strengths and/or safe working stresses
  • adhere to aircraft/airfield discipline requirements
  • identify aircraft safety features, tie-down points and capacities
  • load, restrain and manually dispatch compact and container air-drop loads from aircraft
  • load and restrain container and platform loads in the aircraft for air-drop

Consistency in performance 

Competency should be demonstrated over time in a range of workplace environments to ensure consistency of performance in a range of contexts.

Context of and specific resources for assessment 

Context of assessment 

Competency should be assessed in the workplace or in a simulated workplace environment.

Specific resources for assessment 

Access to:

  • air-drop capable aircraft and crew
  • airfield/tarmac
  • aerial delivery equipment
  • loads
  • parachutes
  • restraining devices
  • air-drop containers
  • drop zone
  • suitable rigging area
  • mechanical handling equipment
  • aircraft loading equipment
  • drop zone support staff, equipment and vehicles
  • personal safety clothing and equipment (protective flying dress, harnesses and hearing protection)
  • aircraft communication equipment (headsets)

Range Statement

The Range Statement relates to the Unit of Competency as a whole. It allows for different work environments and situations that may affect performance. Bold italicised  wording in the Performance Criteria is detailed below.

Standard procedures  may include:

  • Australian Standards
  • defence instructions
  • doctrinal pamphlets
  • job guides and other publications
  • manufacturers handbooks, industry specifications and technical instructions
  • work health and safety (WHS) regulations
  • organisational policies and procedures
  • procedure manuals
  • relevant local government by-laws
  • relevant state or federal legislation
  • routine orders
  • standing operating procedures
  • standing orders
  • written and verbal orders

Cordage  may include:

  • Braided nylon cord (1000 lb)
  • Ticket 8/7 cotton thread
  • Type III nylon (550 lb)
  • Type VIII nylon (3600 lb)
  • inch cotton webbing (80 lb)
  • inch tubular nylon (1000 lb)

Aerial delivery equipment  may include:

  • Emergency restraint systems
  • Energy dissipating material (EDM/honeycomb)
  • Extraction systems
  • Free drop containers (Heli and Maxi box)
  • Parachute release devices
  • Platform components
  • Screws, nails and assorted expense items
  • Straps and containers
  • Suspension slings
  • Timber (plywood sheets and Oregon lengths)
  • Type V lashings, 10,000 lb devices

Parachutes  may include:

  • P1, C1
  • G12D
  • G11A/B/C
  • 68 inch pilot
  • 15/22/28 ft extraction

Container loads  may include:

  • A7A compact
  • A21 container
  • A22 container
  • Heli 0box
  • Maxi box
  • Rope compact

Platform loads  may include:

  • Combat Expendable Platform (CEP)
  • Metal Framed Platform (MFP)
  • Type V platform

Air-drop and air movement documentation  may include:

  • Container load data inspection sheet
  • Dangerous goods documentation
  • Heavy drop load data inspection sheet
  • ST 133 cargo mail manifests
  • PY 104 passenger manifests

Aircraft loading equipment  may include:

  • Buffer boards
  • Centre Vertical Restrain system (CVR)
  • JURY strut DHC-4
  • MHE
  • RAMP jack C130
  • WHEEL chocks

Restraint devices  may include:

  • CGU1B
  • DACRON lashings
  • MB1 and MB2 tie-down devices
  • 10 000 lb and 25 000 lb tie-down chains

Air-drop loads  may include:

  • Methods:
  • door loads
  • wing loads
  • gravity loads
  • extracted loads
  • Types:
  • free drop
  • high velocity
  • low velocity

Unit Sector(s)

Not applicable.

Corequisite Unit/s

Co-requisite Unit /s 


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