Erickson Air Crane delivered to South Korea
By Helicopters Staff
Erickson on November 22 began its delivery of a K7 S-64 Air Crane helicopter to the Korean Forest Service (KFS). The K7 aircraft was loaded onto an Antonov An-124 out of Medford Oregon, Erickson’s manufacturing facility.
Erickson states the S-64 is well-known in Korea with a strong reputation as a firefighting aircraft. In 2001, KFS was the first foreign government agency to purchase S-64 helicopters from Erickson. KFS continues to modify and upgrade its fleet with the addition of K7, incorporating the latest modifications like composite made rotor blades and a glass cockpit.
“Our delivery of K7 solidifies the Korean Forest Service belief in our platform and its capability,” said Hayden Olsen, VP of aerosystems, Erickson. “KFS put the S-64 Air Crane in service to save property and lives, and everyone here on the Erickson team is very proud of that. This is the final manifestation of a lot of hard work, and we are honoured to continue to service South Korea.”
Founded in 1971, Erickson is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and maintains operations in North America, South America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, and Australia.