Erickson announces final FAA certification of composite main rotor blades
New FAA certification improves Erickson aircraft manufacturing capabilities
PORTLAND — Erickson Incorporated, a manufacturer of utility aircraft, has announced final FAA certifications for the composite main rotor blades on the S-64F and CH-54B.
Earlier this year, Erickson announced FAA approval of the S-64E model. This recent announcement finalizes the certification of the S-64F and CH-54B, solidifying FAA certification for the entire fleet of S-64 Air Crane® E & F models, as well as the CH-54 Skycrane A & B models. The advanced design of the blades provides a significant performance advantage, especially at hot and high conditions.
This Certification brings a number of marked differences to their new design including improved performance gains, fuel savings, reduced vibration and fatigue on the aircraft.
“It was quite difficult, but extremely satisfying to see this project through to completion. There is a lot of blood sweat and tears in those blades.” – Billy Johnson, Chief Engineer at Erickson Incorporated