Erickson Incorporated, has announced final FAA certification 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 considerable advantages, such as:
• Performance gains
• Fuel savings
• Reduced vibration, meaning reduced wear and fatigue
on the entire aircraft
• Blade interchangeability with the E/A models