Aging fleets need ongoing support battling a global fire season that’s increasing in both duration and intensity as a result of global warming. The S-64 Air Crane® helicopter redefines firefighting and heavy-lifting capability through innovation and upgrades.

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To combat this, Erickson made an important and innovative step to redesign and improve their workhorse S-64 Air Crane® Helicopter. This required upgrades and updates to the S-64 Aircraft as well as service, training, and maintenance to increase efficiency, durability, and use. The Erickson S-64 Air Crane® helicopter combines enhanced range, fuel efficiency, and improved firefighting capability with state-of-the-art avionics and new composite main rotor blades.



Years of Innovation


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We could have hobbled along with the existing cockpit, but we wanted to provide customers with what they expect to see in a modern aircraft while addressing obsolescence.

- Billy Johnson, Senior Engineering Director of Aerosystems at Erickson