Erickson Air-Crane Incorporated

3100 Willow Springs Road
P.O. Box 3247
Central Point, Oregon 97502-0010

CONTACT:
Mike Rotonda, Aerial Firefighting Manager
505-603-9275
email:mrotonda@ericksonaircrane.com
www.ericksonaircrane.com

FOUNDED:
1971 by Jack Erickson

GENERAL:
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.

COMPANY OPERATION:
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.

AREAS CONTRACTED:
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.

FLEET:
18 Aircranes with an expansion of 1-2 per year.

NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES:
750 worldwide

PERSONNEL SPECIFICS:

  • Udo Rieder – President and CEO
  • Chuck Ryan – CFO
  • Mac McClaren – VP of Operations
  • Pat Pilolla, Director of Sales and Marketing