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Old 08-06-2006, 11:16 PM   #1
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Default Busiest but sweetest week of 2006 (lots of pictures with Antonov & Air Cranes)

Wednesday August 1, 2006, my supervisor from work had a call from Boom field, Colorado reporting Erickson Air crane N179AC had a leaking sleeve and spindle off the main rotor head. Three of us flew out in a Cessna 441 Conquest II towards Colorado at about noon Wednesday.
We cruised at an elevation of 27,000. On our approach to Jeffco field, we experienced a thunder/lighting storm with moderate icing.
Nothing more than a beautiful rainbow just before a 6 hour job
Changing the sleeve and spindle
Crane for lifting the main rotor blade.
Hotel we stayed in for the night until next morning leaving back to Medford Oregon.
Test flight was a success.
After arriving back in Medford at two o’clock, I went back to work until 16:15 overhauling some Intermediate Gearboxes. Same routine from 6:00 till 15:00 on Friday.
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:17 PM   #2
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At around 16:45, Erickson Air crane N163AC arrives at Medford International Airport on Antonov Volga-Dnepr from Italy. Earlier in the season, Erickson had a contract with Italy for fighting wild fires. Well the time came and “Bubba” (N163AC) is back in the states and is flying to Missoula Montana where it will continue to fight wild fires.
After the Russian plane landed, us mechanic had Friday night and Saturday to put together Bubba before leaving on Sunday towards Missoula.
To began, the Antonov workers opened the rear to unload the equipment on that side.
The water tank
After taking most of the items from the rear, they opened the front with two APUs running at the same time with very massive actuators pushing the nose up.
And here he is...
Cockpit of the Antonov and myself
Left side Navigation station
Right side Navigation station
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:18 PM   #3
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Next morning was the big day. I started out pulling my car next to the massive Antonov and snap some shots before it would be taking off back to its next mission. Just look at the comparison with my car!
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:18 PM   #4
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and the new sparcos
A Ukrainian snapping a picture of the crane
Crane before assembly on Saturday
The tail skid (stinger)
F Model left main landing gear
I basically worked on the main rotor had all day. Torquing the pressure plane and the main mast nut retainer on top. Safety wiring most the bolts took the longest, but was able to finish it before the day was over.
The battery compartment and avionics bay
Hooking up the squat switch on the MLG
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:19 PM   #5
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The Pod
All six blades on and ready for a test flight
On my 16th hour of work on Saturday…
Well the test flight was a success. Crane took off and hovered for over five minutes until they landed. We have a fuel leak with one of the solid fuel lines around the combustion chamber on the APU (small turbine engine that runs stage 1 for your hydraulic system and generates electricity as well). Anyways the morning flight to Montana was postponed until 14:00 on Sunday. We were able to replace the combustion chamber the next morning, but found that to have a bad seam weld on the solid fluid line so had to replace it once more. After a successful test flight, we called up the pilots and they were on their way. Before they took off, I snapped a couple shots with the car.
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:19 PM   #6
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And there ya have it for my busy week Next week will be the same, but I’ll be in the overhaul shop.
Cheers,
Bryan
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Old 08-06-2006, 11:20 PM   #7
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Almost forgot to say. The Antonov is the same place that is used to transport World Rally cars too.
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Old 08-07-2006, 12:17 AM   #8
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Noice!. The Air Crane is an amazing bird!
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Old 08-07-2006, 12:32 AM   #9
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damn! those pix are entertaining! that antonov is the plane with which the interior is supposed to be made mostly of titanium, right? your ride is super nice, btw.
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Old 08-07-2006, 12:39 AM   #10
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lol i have seen that huge plane when im working! i saw 2 firertrucks and 1 ambulance come ont of the front.! i went to where you parked the car ( by the wheel ) and i was like holy s**t. i was really small to it.
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Old 08-07-2006, 02:01 AM   #11
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Wow, so cool!
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Old 08-07-2006, 02:20 AM   #12
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Nice pics.
I hate going on out of town rescue missions. Everything usually turns into a gong show and they want you to work like 36 hours straight, then jump on the plane to fly back with it. Or they want you to change an engine on the tarmac in Vegas or Hong Kong when it's 45degC out....
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Old 08-07-2006, 03:10 AM   #13
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holy friggen hell thats a HUGE plane!!! nice pics btw!
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Old 08-07-2006, 03:11 AM   #14
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cool. nice pics.
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Old 08-07-2006, 04:09 AM   #15
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look at all those controls in the cockpit!
Giving me a headache
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Old 08-07-2006, 11:57 AM   #16
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any other aircraft maintenance people here?
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Old 08-07-2006, 08:15 PM   #17
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damn! those pix are entertaining! that antonov is the plane with which the interior is supposed to be made mostly of titanium, right? your ride is super nice, btw.

Only parts I saw visually that I can remember are the fins and stators on the engines. The prototype first flew in December 1982 and begun flying operations in 1986. The main cargo hold is lightly pressurised and has a titanium floor with rollers and tie-down points. Two travelling cranes and two winches are provided to aid loading.

More info here.

http://www.freightersonline.com/plane.aspx?a=1
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Old 08-08-2006, 02:03 AM   #18
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That plane's engine is bigger than the car :O

I just took my first helicopter ride two weeks ago. I love how the helicopter I took has 500 usable horse power and another 700HP just to drive the engine
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Old 08-08-2006, 02:12 AM   #19
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What kind of Helicopter and where did you take off at?

There is two model air cranes. E model which used to be the CH54-A and the F model which used to be the CH54-B until Erickson bought it's type certificate.

Payloads are as followed:
E model 20,000 lbs
F model 25,000 lbs

differences is the engines which E has the Pratt & Whitney JFTD12A-4A and F model with the JFTD12A-5A. 4,500 shp each = 9,000 shp and 4,800 shp each =9,600 shp.

Pretty impressive machines!
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Old 08-08-2006, 02:14 PM   #20
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Only parts I saw visually that I can remember are the fins and stators on the engines. The prototype first flew in December 1982 and begun flying operations in 1986. The main cargo hold is lightly pressurised and has a titanium floor with rollers and tie-down points. Two travelling cranes and two winches are provided to aid loading.
When I was a kid, I got to tour the inside of the AH-225 Soviet transport plane...the one that can hold the Space Shuttle on its back It was so cool! It looks pretty similar to this plane, only the 225 is larger I think??? The front and rear still open up the same way though.
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Old 08-08-2006, 02:56 PM   #21
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great pictures you got there.

never took a flight on a helo myself, but it does look like lots of fun.

shoudl have raced it with your impreza
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Old 08-09-2006, 04:39 AM   #22
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any other aircraft maintenance people here?
yes.. I fix CH-124 SeaKing helicopter for the canadian air force..

but on a slightly different note.. YOUR SOO LUCKY your aircrains don't fold.. cause once you add all the hydraulic lines up there on the MRH its a real headache to clean., especially after a grease job. And nice photo too.. wish i could get some shots of the hangar here in victoria, unfortunately its supposed to be "classified area".. lol.. yeah right.
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Old 08-09-2006, 09:21 AM   #23
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Hey Bryan, I recognized you change the new racing seats... What's that ??
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yes.. I fix CH-124 SeaKing helicopter for the canadian air force..
cool, I work at Kelowna Flightcraft...currently building a Convair 580A water bomber for the Saskatchewan government.
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Old 08-09-2006, 10:55 AM   #25
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I work for AC as an AME.... well maybe 'work' is too strong a word
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