HELICOPTER CRANE SERVICES
Aerial Crane Services Originated in the 1950’s
Crane services are the practice of using helicopters to lift materials above the ground. Helicopters can make the job easier and in some instances more efficient. Because of the strength of a helicopter’s rotor blades to create aerodynamic lift, they are able to lift insane amounts of weight, including whole houses. The start of using helicopters for construction purposes originates in the 1950s but did not gain popularity until the 1960s.
Crane companies can also be used for construction purposes. A crane service is capable of lifting various objects, including whole antenna towers. Throughout the years they have helped on numerous projects. One such instance includes helping in dusting off the “Statue of Freedom” which is perched on the Capitol dome in Washington D.C.; the statue was brought down and back up to be cleaned by a crane service. This is only one example of the exact precision a helicopter has versus other methods. Even though the use of helicopters dates back to over 60 years ago, they are still used today for a variety of tasks.
Aerial Lifting is Still Very Practical Today
Helicopter models vary on their capabilities—as different models are made for different purposes—which means some can lift more than others. In certain situations a crane service poses as an advantage over ground transport. It is more applicable and useful to use a helicopter to transport materials through the air than the ground when the terrain is rough; this could include over mountainous terrain or difficult to reach areas.
How a crane service operates is rather simple. The helicopter pilot and team determine how the object should be lifted and utilize a rigging system to properly secure what needs to be lifted—obviously, this can vary on what is being lifted and how heavy the object is. Some loads might only need one cable to lift an object while others might require a dozen.
In certain situations, using a crane service may even be mandatory. Certain areas have environmental restrictions that demand the surroundings are not interfered with. Crane companies make this possible and do not damage the environment the way ground transportation would.
These helicopters can also get to difficult to reach places, such as places where there are no or few roads. Some examples of what a crane service is used for would include air conditioning units in buildings and to install communication towers in regions where it is difficult to do so (such as in mountainous regions).
In addition, crane construction does not require the manpower that is needed by traditionally moving materials. Transporting materials with a helicopter can be more precise than transporting it another way. A crane company played a part in helping construct the Chesapeake Bay Bridge that connects Maryland, Delaware and Washington D.C.; helicopters helped transport supplies and this bridge is considered one of the longest over-water bridges in the entire world.
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Helicopters That Can Lift Tons
Various types of helicopters are capable of being used for crane companies—some of which have been retired or are only used strictly for military operations. In the 1950s it started with the Bell Model 47 which has since been retired. Examples of helicopters used for crane service today are the Sikorsky-64, the Bell 204/205, and the Boeing Vertol 234.
The Sikorsky-64 is used for crane service. This helicopter evolved from the retired military helicopter, Sikorsky-Ch-54 Tarhe. The Sikorsky-64 comes in a few different designs and is capable of taking off with a total weight of 42,000 pounds.
Another helicopter used for crane service is the Bell 204/205. This helicopter is capable of managing takeoff with a weight of 9,500 pounds. The Bell 204/205 is a versatile helicopter with a wide variety of uses.
The Boeing Vertol 234, is a beast of a helicopter with maximum lifting potential. The Boeing Vertol 234 is the civilian version of the Boeing CH-47 Chinook. The helicopters were first produced in 1962 and are still in service. The Boeing 234 has a maximum takeoff potential of 50,000 pounds.
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