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bare minimum: • Experience - Diversity and then ad- ditionally vertical reference external load experience.

• Total Time - Minimum required flight time is 2,500 hours

• 1500 hours PIC • 1000 hours in turbine equipment

Add to this a very stringent interview and testing process. A background check of your resume is conducted including in- terfacing with all references. That is fol- lowed by a very thorough interview and review of the applicant’s knowledge of aviation including FARs, aerodynamics, systems, etc. The interview is conducted by a panel of at least three pilots as well as someone from Safety and HR. Lastly; this is followed by in most cases, a flight in a “Crane” for about 30 to 40 minutes. I was quite surprised by this revelation as I had a pretty good idea of the hourly cost to operate the aircraft. Randy explained that over the years it has proven to be more cost effective to go through this vet- ting process before hiring instead of after. Actually that makes a lot of sense (no pun intended) to me. By now, most of you know my association with the simulator industry so it is no surprise that I jumped on my simulator soap box and said “what you need is a high fidelity simulator.” Randy graciously agreed but I will save that report for another time.

The Company

All we have talked about so far is the services or operational side of the House. A quick review is in order: heavy lift in- cluding moving and placing equipment, towers, oil rigs, HVAC Units, containers, etc., logging industry, power industry, agriculture including hydromulch appli- cation and fire fighting. I am sure I missed something.

The other side of the house is as an OEM. Erickson holds the type certificate for the Aircrane and overhauls airframes to new. Erickson also has a full Produc- tion Certificate from the FAA to manu- facture the complete aircraft as new. The plant, located in Central Point, Oregon, is quite impressive with most of the ma- chinery and testing apparatus that you would find at a Lockheed, Boeing or Bell. Any part required can be made from scratch. For the record, the Erick-

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Analog E & F Model

son Air-Crane’s larger model (F) is con- siderably different than the original air- craft. Erickson is currently in design of a new automatic flight control system uti- lizing solid state gyros and air data com- puters. Further new systems and instruments have been added including a multifunction display system or “glass cockpit” in the F model. These new tech- nology improvements result in an Air- crane that is more capable, more reliable and more supportable.

The Pilot - Randy Erwin

Multifunction Display “Glass Cockpit” F Model

Randy started flying in 1972 and has a fixed wing commercial single and multi- engine land rating with 1,000+ hours flown. His rotary wing career started in the US Army in 1976. He holds a Rotary Wing ATP/Instrument/CFI licenses and ratings with over 10,000 hours of which about 5,000 are in the Crane. He exem- plifies all that is good in the helicopter in- dustry and is a true professional that I am proud to know. ❚ Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52
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