Fort Wayne, Indiana based Sweet Group to combine executive charter helicopter companies to form Sweet Helicopters as new entity while adding to fleet.
Well known midwest charter operator Indiana Helicopters and Helimotion, a charter and aerial filming company based north of Chicago in Joliet, Illinois, announced a merger today in a press release. The new combined entity to be named Sweet Helicopters that will combine the two operations into a single location based out of Goshen Airport in Northern Indiana.
Sweet Helicopters forms the third aviation company for successful entrepreneur and philanthropist Chuck Surack, who along with wife Lisa, manage multiple companies based in Northern Indiana under the Sweet Group of companies, including flagship Sweetwater Sound, the nation’s largest online music instrument and technology retailer. Sweetwater was started by Surack over twenty years ago from the back of a VW bus. Surack’s passion for business and doing right by people has seen his successful business enterprises multiply to now own a Fort Wayne-based flight school, Sweet Aviation, Aviation Insurance business Aviation Specialty Insurance, and car dealership Sweet Cars, specializing in the sale of performance and luxury vehicles. Chuck Surack became a helicopter pilot later in life after having a lifelong affinity for aviation and purchased his first helicopter shortly after gaining his private helicopter rating. Surack then purchased his first aviation business and has since acquired several more that continue to succeed in the industry.
“While we’ve changed the companies’ names and logos, we are and always will be committed 100% to providing comfortable, convenient, safe, and timely helicopter charter service,” said Surack. “There will be no change in pilots or ownership, and what’s more, we are even adding two helicopters to our already industry-leading fleet, providing more flexibility and options to choose from.”
Sweet Helicopters operates out of Indiana bases in Fort Wayne, Goshen, and Valparaiso, as well as the downtown Chicago Vertiport. The Sweet Helicopters fleet includes an Airbus AS355 Twin Star, two Airbus EC130s, an Airbus AS350 B3e AStar, and an Airbus Dauphin AS365N2. To read more about Sweet Helicopters owner Chuck Surack, read our pilot profile on Chuck Surack featured in Heliweb Magazine here.
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