Erickson S-64F/CH-54B Aircrane

 

Entering service as the Sikorsky CH-54 Tarhe heavy-lift helicopter, this aircraft became known as the S-64 Aircrane when Erickson Air-Crane purchased the type certificates, as well as manufacturing and support rights, from Sikorsky in 1992. The S-64F models are upgraded, certified CH-54B aircraft, with remanufactured airframes.

 

Used in construction, logging, and firefighting around the world, these aircraft set several flight records, many of which are still current. For example, in 1971 a S-64F/CH-54B set a record for highest altitude in level flight (11,010 m, or 36,122 ft) that still stands today.

 

The Aircranes are unique in that they feature an aft-facing position for load master or engineer. The aircraft can be piloted from this position. While three crew are employed when carrying external loads, only two crew (as per EASA TCDS No. EASA.IM.R.003 page 6) are required to fly the aircraft.

 

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Overview
Parent type Sikorsky S-64/H-54 Aircrane
Variant *No Variant assigned
Design authority Sikorsky Aircraft Corp.
Primary manufacturer Erickson Incorporated
Key Characteristics
Operational status In service
Max gross weight (ground)   142 13,608 kg 30,000 lb
Max gross weight (air) 21,319 kg 47,000 lb
Crew 2
Seating arrangement Tandem
Configuration
VTOL type Helicopter
Compound type None
Lift configuration Single main rotor
Control device type Tail rotor
Features
Number of engines 2
Number of propulsors 0
Number of lift devices 1
Number of control devices 1
Milestones associated with the Erickson S-64F/CH-54B Aircrane
1971 Highest altitude in level flight for a helicopter (Sikorsky S-64F/CH-54B)

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Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane

Jesse Russell
Ronald Cohn

2012-03 - Book on Demand Limited

High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles! The Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane is an American twin-engine heavy-lift helicopter. It is the civil version of the United States Army's CH-54 Tarhe. The S-64 Aircrane is the current production version, manufactured by the Erickson Air-Crane company.

 

Summary of Supplemental Type Certificates

Author information not available.

1995

Book description not available.

 

Skycrane

John A. McKenna
Ned Allen

2010 - Amer Inst of Aeronautics &

The Skycrane was the last creation of aircraft design pioneer Igor Sikorsky. In SKYCRANE: Igor Sikorsky's Last Vision, former Sikorsky Aircraft Executive Vice President John A. McKenna traces the development of this remarkable helicopter from original concept and early sketches to standout performer for the military and private industry. Responsible for building the first S-64 Skycrane in 1961 and for supporting its Army and commercial programs, McKenna has written a comprehensive history chronicling a radically designed helicopter that many thought would not succeed. Indeed, initial versions generated no orders. But General Harry Kinnards vision and advocacy resulted in the Skycranes support of combat operations in Vietnam as part of the groundbreaking concept of supporting Army troops with helicopters rather than trucks. In 1971 Erickson Lumber Company acquired the first Skycrane intended for commercial use to move timber deep in American forests. Owner Jack Erickson later acquired the world manufacturing and support rights to the aircraft creating Erickson Air-Crane Inc. A half century after its first flight the Skycrane continues to save lives, provide essential services, and earn daily profits worldwide. Beautifully illustrated with scores of historical photographs, SKYCRANE features interviews with engineers who designed and tested the helicopter and with Army pilots who flew it during combat in Vietnam. This engagingly written work is the definitive history of a unique and important aircraft.

 

Summary of supplemental type certificates

United States. Federal Aviation Administration

1995

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Airborne Warfare

General James Maurice Gavin

2014-08-15 - Pickle Partners Publishing

To every member of the 82nd Airborne Division who dropped as part of the American paratroop landings during World War Two, they breathed a little easier knowing their commander “Jumpin’ Jim” Gavin would be dropping with them. General Gavin would drop into the fierce fighting along with his men in Sicily, Normandy on D-Day and during the abortive attempt to capture the Rhine bridges during Operation Market-Garden. He shared the risks of all his men dropping into enemy territory, often only armed with his GI issue rifle and accompanied by a handful of men, leading from the front his memoirs are an outstanding addition to the literature of the Airborne in World War II. General Gavin had been at the forefront advancing the use of airborne troops in the US army, writing the first field manual for their combat use. In this volume of memoirs General Gavin recounts his many experiences in the Airborne and also writes of the need and use of airborne troops in the future.

 

The Aircraft-Spotter's Film and Television Companion

Simon D. Beck

2016-06-10 - McFarland

Ever wondered how many aircraft were converted into Japanese Zeroes and torpedo bombers for Tora! Tora! Tora! or how French Gazelle helicopters were modified for the title role in Blue Thunder? This first of its kind reference book lists aircraft featured in 350 films and television shows, providing brief individual histories, film locations, serial numbers and registrations. Aircraft are also cross-referenced by manufacturer. Appendices provide brief bios on pilots and technicians, information on aircraft collections owned by Tallmantz Aviation and Blue Max Aviation and film credits for U.S. aircraft carriers.

 

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Maya Angelou

2010-07-21 - Random House

Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age–and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned. Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a modern American classic that will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read. From the Paperback edition.

 

The 48 Laws Of Power

Robert Greene

2010-09-03 - Profile Books

'Machiavelli has a new rival, and Sun-tzu had better watch his back' - New York Times Robert Greene's laws are now famous: Law 1: Never outshine the master. Law 2: Never put too much trust in friends; learn how to use enemies. Law 3: Conceal your intentions. Law 4: Always say less than necessary. At work, in relationships, on the street or on the 6 o'clock News: the 48 Laws apply everywhere. For anyone with an interest in conquest, self-defence, wealth, power or simply being an educated spectator, The 48 Laws of Power is one of the most useful and entertaining books ever; it 'teaches you how to cheat, dissemble, feign, fight and advance your cause in the modern world.' (Independent on Sunday). Robert Greene will teach you the distilled wisdom of the masters - illustrated through the tactics, triumphs and failures from Elizabeth I to Henry Kissinger on how to get to the top and stay there. Wry, ironic and clever, this is an indispensable and witty guide to power. The perfect gift book for the power-hungry (and who doesn't want power?); this is the Concise Edition of an international bestseller. From the internationally bestselling author of Mastery, The Art Of Seduction, and The 33 Strategies Of War.

 

Gardens of the Moon

Steven Erikson

2004-06-01 - Macmillan

The Malazan Empire simmers with discontent, bled dry by interminable warfare, bitter infighting and bloody confrontations with the formidable Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, ancient and implacable sorcerers. Even the imperial legions, long inured to the bloodshed, yearn for some respite. Yet Empress Laseen's rule remains absolute, enforced by her dread Claw assassins. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his squad of Bridgeburners, and for Tattersail, surviving cadre mage of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the many dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, yet holds out. It is to this ancient citadel that Laseen turns her predatory gaze. However, it would appear that the Empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister, shadowbound forces are gathering as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand... Conceived and written on a panoramic scale, Gardens of the Moon is epic fantasy of the highest order--an enthralling adventure by an outstanding new voice. At the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

 

The Well of Loneliness

Radclyffe Hall

2005 - Wordsworth Editions

‘As a man loved a woman, that was how I loved…It was good, good, good…’ Stephen is an ideal child of aristocratic parents – a fencer, a horse rider and a keen scholar. Stephen grows to be a war hero, a bestselling writer and a loyal, protective lover. But Stephen is a woman, and her lovers are women. As her ambitions drive her, and society confines her, Stephen is forced into desperate actions. The Well of Loneliness was banned for obscenity when published in 1928.

 

 

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Erickson S-64F/CH-54B Aircrane

Aircraft Notes

Ref. Author(s) Title Source Date Type
107 Linden, Art S-64 Skycrane (CH-54 Tarhe) Sikorsky Archives Newsletter, 2007 2012 Website
  Comprehensive summary of the Type, its characteristics and design and development history
108 Erickson, Inc. Erickson S-64E Aircrane and Erickson S-64F Aircrane http://ericksonaviation.com/fleet/air-cranes 2015 Website
141 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) EAC S-64F EASA Type Certificate Data Sheet EASA.IM.R.003 February 2013 Other
142 Federal Aviation Authority Special Conditions: Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated S-64E and S-64F Rotorcraft FAA Document Number: 2010-19921 August 2010 Website
  Agency/Docket Number SW014. Special Conditions Number 29-014-SC.
167 Vertipedia Team Contributor By inspection Images of this aircraft N/A Other
  A general reference for any characteristic determined from visual inspection of related images
189 Paul Fardink, U.S. Army (Retired) The U.S. ARMY's CH-54 Skycrane Helicopter: History and Contributions AHS Forum 71, Virginia Beach, Virginia, May 5-7, 2015 2015 Meeting paper or Presentation
107 Linden, Art S-64 Skycrane (CH-54 Tarhe) Sikorsky Archives Newsletter, 2007 2012 Website
  Comprehensive summary of the Type, its characteristics and design and development history
223 European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) EASA Type Certificate Data Sheet EASA.IM.E.106 EASA TCDS web site 16 Oct 2014 Other