heavy lift helicopters
larryc at teleport.com
Thu Jun 29 00:32:52 EST 2000
In article <395A750F.D913C2F at olympus.net>, mhagen at olympus.net writes:
> I'm beginning to look into the prospects of using a helicopter such as
> the Skycrane S-64 or Chinook (B-234) for Fall work in a low elevation
> riparian area in the pacific northwest. I've worked with smaller
> machines but these operate on a different scale. Has anyone particular
> experience using these big boys? Actual costs/MBF or weight - booking
> difficulties - safety concerns - extras that crop up ... I'm interested
> in any tales.
I used to work for Evergreen Helicopters, though not as part of their
logging operation. All I got was gossip, including the story of the
pilot who got up to take a leak while the rotors were turning. A gust of
wind tipped the Skycrane into a fuel truck. After the fire was out they
shovelled what was left of the Sikorsky into the back of a pickup truck.
Cost/MBF depends on how close the landing is. The farther the flight the
faster the price goes up. You will need multiple rigging crews, and it's
probably a good idea to distribute the logs as close to their final
position on the stream bank as possible.
Booking is your problem. There aren't many of the big helicopters
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