3100 Willow Springs Road
P.O. Box 3247
Central Point, Oregon 97502-0010
1971 by Jack Erickson
The Erickson S-64 Aircrane helicopter is the modified, type certificated evolution of the S-64 Skycrane originally built by Sikorsky in 1968. Erickson Air-Crane manufactures, owns, and operates the largest fleet of S-64 Aircranes in the world.
Erickson currently operates eighteen S-64 helicopters around the world performing Aerial Timber Harvesting, Heavy Construction, and Aerial Firefighting.
IMPROVEMENTS / INNOVATIONS:
The Erickson S-64 Aircrane Helitanker features a 2,650-gallon (10,000 litre) firefighting tank with a microprocessor controlled, variable flow, multiple drop, delivery system. A flexible hose “Hover Snorkel” refills the tank in water sources as shallow as 18 inches (45 cm) in 45 seconds. A rigid hydrofoil ram scoop or “Sea Snorkel” allows the helicopter to refill the firefighting tank in fresh water and seawater sources.
“The Water Cannon” horizontal nozzle delivers a 160-foot (49 m) stream of water or foam mix at a rate of up to 300 gallons per minute (~1,136 lpm) for 8 minutes.
U.S., Canada, Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Korea, Italy, Greece, Brunei, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, New Guinea, with new areas of timber harvesting and firefighting operations added each year.
18 Aircranes with an expansion of 1-2 per year.
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES:
- Udo Rieder – President and CEO
- Chuck Ryan – CFO
- Mac McClaren – VP of Operations
- Pat Pilolla, Director of Sales and Marketing