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ERICKSON AIRCRANE

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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. It is currently produced as the S-64 Aircrane by Erickson Inc. Erickson offers a robust number of aviation solutions to complete critical missions for defence and national security customers. Coupled with a sophistica­ted logistical support system and adaptable crews, Erickson is uniquely capable of meeting the dynamic and ever-changing demands of the global tactical environmen­ts. Erickson has done more than perfect the art of firefighti­ng from the sky. As the world leader in aerial firefighti­ng for nearly 30 years, Erickson supports state and federal agencies around the world to control and extinguish fires.

Aerial firefighti­ng support with the S-64 Air Crane® aircraft combines the capacity of a fixed-wing tanker with the accuracy, technique and refill speed of a helicopter. When you need to fight flames fast, Erickson can deploy lighter craft with a hover pump snorkel that can even fill from shallow water sources in just 30 seconds. From the sky, not only can the helicopter survey the blaze more accurately, but as a command post it can also keep ground crews out of harm’s way and reach remote areas without delay. After the job is completed, the helicopter can deploy stabilisin­g hydroseed to jumpstart the revegetati­on and erosion control in burn areas.

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Erickson Aircrane

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