About Sweet Helicopters

Based in the heartland of the midwest, Sweet Helicopters is dedicated to giving you unrivaled access to the sky with safety, professionalism, and courtesy. We combine the warm personal touch of a small midwest company with the dependability and experience you need. We're committed to serving even your most crucial needs while providing an unforgettable experience.

The Sweet Helicopters Staff

Founder Chuck Surack flying over the Chicago skyline.

From our friendly and professional customer service agents to our highly experienced pilots, everyone at Sweet Helicopters is committed to sharing our passion for flight with you. We want to show you how fast, easy, and comfortable it is to travel by helicopter. Whether you're a busy professional or just looking for a unique vacation experience, you'll love working with our crew. We have the warmth and personal touch of a small-town company, with the professionalism and reliability of a major operation. We look forward to showing you how fun it is to fly with us!

Our dedication to safety starts with a meticulously rigorous maintenance schedule that keeps our fleet in peak flying condition. Our friendly crew will make sure that you are completely comfortable and informed, and our experienced pilots will make even the most time-sensitive flights a carefree experience. Our perfect safety record is representative of our commitment to your well-being.

Chuck Surack — Founder/Owner

Chuck Surack is the founder of Sweet Helicopters, the owner of Sweet Aviation flight training and aircraft rental company, as well as the owner and President of music-retailer Sweetwater Sound and the luxury-car dealership SweetCars. Chuck has been an aircraft enthusiast since childhood, inspired by his aviator father. His first experiences with flight were in his dad's Aeronca Chief, and Chuck can now often be found at the helm of his own helicopter.

Randy Sharkey — Director of Operations

Randy Sharkey has more than 36 years of aviation experience with over 12,000 hours of total flight hours. He’s a dual rated airline transport pilot, certified in both airplanes and helicopters. He serves as a commercial flight instructor for helicopters and was designated by the FAA to serve as a rotorcraft Pilot Examiner. Randy is a factory-approved check airman and new sales representative for Enstrom and is the founder and president of Friendship Flights Foundation, a non-profit that provides air transportation for those in need.

Tim Edmonds — Chief Pilot

Tim Edmonds has over 36 years of flying experience in Military and Corporate aviation, as well as thousands of hours while flying on international, mountain, and overwater flights in helicopters and airplanes. He has a bachelor’s degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and is a graduate of the FAA ATC Academy. He also has many years of managing aircraft for companies ranging from helicopters to midsized cabin jets.

Mike Michelsen — Director of Maintenance

Mike Michelsen was born and raised in Iowa and he spent five years in the Marine Corps maintaining and crewing CH-46E helicopters and MV-22B tilt rotor aircraft. Mike has extensive experience maintaining EC120, EC130, AS350/355, AS365, BK117 and Enstrom helicopters and has received factory training on Enstrom Turbine/Piston, EC130, AS365, BK117 as well as Turbomeca Arriel 1 levels I and II. He currently holds an Airframe and Powerplant mechanic license with Inspection Authorization, helicopter and airplane pilot ratings and an FCC license with Radar Endorsement.

Ken Janik — Pilot

Ken Janik has been a commercial helicopter pilot for 25 years with more than over 8,200 flight hours in helicopters. He's also been a Certified Flight Instructor for over 20 years. Ken is the former owner and Director of Operations for Sun Aero Helicopters and is also an aerial Film pilot and member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

Chris Heiter — Pilot

Chris Heiter is a 3rd generation aviator. He's a dual-rated fixed wing and helicopter pilot flying corporate business jets and helicopters. Chris is also an airframe and power plant mechanic with Inspection Authorization specializing in helicopter maintenance. He is factory-trained, both pilot and maintenance, on numerous helicopter and jet types.

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