Chris Erickson, chief repair station officer and compliance officer at Erickson Air-Crane, has been elected president of the Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) at the association’s annual board meeting. Erickson assumes the presidency after two years as the association’s senior vice president. Dr.
Northern Wisconsin forests are experiencing their worst drought in 70 years. The area’s abundant freshwater lakes have receded to record low levels and, although the spring had been unseasonably cold, by the end of May fire danger was high. More than 946 wild fires had consumed over 2,600 acres throughout the state and fire danger in the vast 1.5 million acre Cheqaumegon-Nicolet National Forest was so severe that the U.S.
Oregon’s legislature voted to honor Columbia Helicopters founder and chairman Wes Lematta by renaming Aurora Airport Wes Lematta Field at the Aurora State Airport.
Erickson Air-Crane (Booth No. 2634), the holder of the S-64 Air-Crane’s type and production certificates, announced yesterday that it will be rebranding itself and expanding its OEM capabilities in the hopes of producing a new heavy-lift version of the iconic helicopter within two to three years.
Sikorsky S-64F, Torino, Italy, June 1, 2008– The Erickson Air-Crane aerial firefighting demonstration S-64 crashed in Lake Aviguana, near Torino, in VMC. The helicopter was flying over the lake at 40 to 50 knots to scoop up water when it hit the surface of the lake. The Italian government is investigating the accident. The commercial pilot-in-command and copilot reported minor injuries.
Oregon-based Erickson Air-Crane recently signed an 8.5-year, e200 million deal covering the continued operation of four S-64F Aircranes flown in support of Italy’s Department of Civil Protection for fire protection and disaster relief through 2016. Erickson has leased S-64 Aircrane Helitankers to the agency since 1999. Days before the deal was made public, Erickson announced substantial layoffs at its Central Point, Ore.
Erickson Air-Crane is giving its star heavy lifter, the S-64 Aircrane, a makeover. The company is gradually retrofitting the 19 aircraft in its fleet with new-generation cockpit displays, attitude/heading reference systems (AHRS) and three-axis autopilots.
European Air-Crane, an affiliate of Erickson Air-Crane, has assisted Vestas Wind Systems of Denmark in erecting a dozen three-megawatt wind turbine generators near the Italian mountain village of Ricigliano.
Columbia Helicopters is celebrating two anniversaries and is honoring four employees here at Heli-Expo’07.
Erickson Air-Crane will hand over a “new” S-64 Helitanker to Italy’s Corpo Forestale dello Stato (state forestry corps, or CFS) this morning at Booth No. 2829. The aircraft is the second of four for the CFS to be upgraded by the Central Point, Ore. company, which has owned the helicopter’s type certificate since 1992.