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.

 

Note that while Vertipedia aims to be the internet's most comprehensive source for information on vertical lift aircraft, we are still missing a few data points on the S-64F, such as operational RPM range for the tail rotor, as well as out of ground effect hover ceiling. If you are familiar with this information and can provide specific, accurate citations for it, please contact the Vertipedia team! If we are able to use your data, we'll provide a free download of a paper (your choice) from the AHS Store/Library -- our way of saying "thanks" for your help and for getting involved with Vertipedia!

 

 

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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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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 A.C. Ballauer and P. F. Sheridan The Twin-Engine BO-105 VERTIFLITE August 1969 August 1969 Periodical
  Good description of the overall vehicle
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