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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Attribution
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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Gardens Of The Moon

Steven Erikson

2009-07-28 - Random House

Bled dry by interminable warfare, infighting and bloody confrontations with Lord Anomander Rake and his Tiste Andii, the vast, sprawling Malazan empire simmers with discontent. Even its imperial legions yearn for some respite. For Sergeant Whiskeyjack and his Bridgeburners and for Tattersail, sole surviving sorceress of the Second Legion, the aftermath of the siege of Pale should have been a time to mourn the dead. But Darujhistan, last of the Free Cities of Genabackis, still holds out - and Empress Lasseen's ambition knows no bounds. However, it seems the empire is not alone in this great game. Sinister forces gather as the gods themselves prepare to play their hand... Conceived and written on an epic scale, Gardens of the Moon is a breathtaking achievement - a novel in which grand design, a dark and complex mythology, wild and wayward magic and a host of enduring characters combine with thrilling, powerful storytelling to resounding effect. Acclaimed by writers, critics and readers alike, here is the opening chapter in what has been hailed a landmark of epic fantasy: the awesome 'The Malazan Book of the Fallen'.

 

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

2009-04-21 - Random House

Here is a book as joyous and painful, as mysterious and memorable, as childhood itself. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings captures the longing of lonely children, the brute insult of bigotry, and the wonder of words that can make the world right. Maya Angelou’s debut memoir is a modern American classic beloved worldwide. 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 that love for herself, 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 will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read. “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings liberates the reader into life simply because Maya Angelou confronts her own life with such a moving wonder, such a luminous dignity.”—James Baldwin From the Paperback edition.

 

U.S. Army Aircraft Since 1947

Stephen Harding

1997-01-01 - Schiffer Pub Limited

This is the only comprehensive guide to the 124 aircraft and experimental flying machines used by the United States Army since 1947. The definitive reference source on its subject.

 

Hacking, 2nd Edition

Jon Erickson

2008 - No Starch Press

An introduction to hacking describes the techniques of computer hacking, covering such topics as stack-based overflows, format string exploits, network security, cryptographic attacks, and shellcode.

 

Martin Luther

Lyndal Roper

2017-03-14 - Random House

This definitive biography reveals the complicated inner life of the founding father of the Protestant Reformation, whose intellectual assault on Catholicism ushered in a century of upheaval that transformed Christianity and changed the course of world history. On October 31, 1517, so the story goes, a shy monk named Martin Luther nailed a piece of paper to the door of the Castle Church in the university town of Wittenberg. The ideas contained in these Ninety-five Theses, which boldly challenged the Catholic Church, spread like wildfire. Within two months, they were known all over Germany. So powerful were Martin Luther’s broadsides against papal authority that they polarized a continent and tore apart the very foundation of Western Christendom. Luther’s ideas inspired upheavals whose consequences we live with today. But who was the man behind the Ninety-five Theses? Lyndal Roper’s magisterial new biography goes beyond Luther’s theology to investigate the inner life of the religious reformer who has been called “the last medieval man and the first modern one.” Here is a full-blooded portrait of a revolutionary thinker who was, at his core, deeply flawed and full of contradictions. Luther was a brilliant writer whose biblical translations had a lasting impact on the German language. Yet he was also a strident fundamentalist whose scathing rhetorical attacks threatened to alienate those he might persuade. He had a colorful, even impish personality, and when he left the monastery to get married (“to spite the Devil,” he explained), he wooed and wed an ex-nun. But he had an ugly side too. When German peasants rose up against the nobility, Luther urged the aristocracy to slaughter them. He was a ferocious anti-Semite and a virulent misogynist, even as he argued for liberated human sexuality within marriage. A distinguished historian of early modern Europe, Lyndal Roper looks deep inside the heart of this singularly complex figure. The force of Luther’s personality, she argues, had enormous historical effects—both good and ill. By bringing us closer than ever to the man himself, she opens up a new vision of the Reformation and the world it created and draws a fully three-dimensional portrait of its founder. Praise for Martin Luther “A smart, accessible, authoritative biography of one of the most dynamic figures in European history . . . Here he stands: never more vocal, more controversial, more compelling.”—Hilary Mantel “[Luther] leaps off the page in a vivid array of colours. . . . The work of one of the most imaginative and pioneering historians of our generation.”—The Guardian “It’s difficult to see how anyone could improve on this superb life of Luther. Lyndal Roper, Regius professor of history at Oxford University, has an extraordinary talent for making complex theological issues not just clear but entertaining. Luther jumps from these pages with immense vitality, as if his exploits occurred last week. Theological history often seems monochrome. This is Luther in colour.”—The Times “Enlightening . . . [a] formidably learned biography . . . [Roper’s] approach is avowedly new.”—The Sunday Times “Beautifully written . . . It is certainly among the most interesting, provocative, and original biographies of Luther to appear in recent years—one that tackles head on the challenge of entering into and exploring the interior life of its subject. . . . Anyone seriously interested in one of the most influential figures of the last half-millennium will need to make time to read this one.”—Literary Review

 

 

Erickson S-64F/CH-54B

 


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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