About the Helicopter Pilot

cockpit photo of Chief Pilot Charlie Duchek

Charlie Duchek, SkyPix Chief Pilot

Charlie Duchek is the Chief Pilot and Owner of SkyPix St. Louis. A lifelong aviation enthusiast, Charlie has been flying helicopters for over 25 years. In that time, he has logged more than 6,100 hours of helicopter flight time in various aircraft, including nearly 1000 hours in the Robinson R44- the same make and model SkyPix uses for its aerial photo and video missions.

With hundreds of hours of aerial photography experience in his 6,000+ total hours of helicopter flight time, Charlie recently started SkyPix St. Louis, LLC to serve the St. Louis aerial photo and video market.

In addition to his commercial pilot license, Charlie is a licensed helicopter flight instructor (CFI) and Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII) with more than 5,000 hours of experience training new pilots how to fly. He is also an FAA-certified Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic and holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MS degree in Engineering Management.

Charlie Duchek with Bell 407 helicopter
Before starting SkyPix, he founded Midwest Helicopter, based at Spirit of St. Louis Airport (SUS) in Chesterfield, in 1994. After 18 years in business, he sold the flight training operation to new ownership in early 2012.

Pilot Ratings Include:

  • Commercial Pilot:
    • Helicopter & Single Engine Airplane
    • Multi-Engine Airplane
    • Instrument Airplane (Single & Multi-Engine)
    • Instrument Helicopter
  • Flight Instructor:
    • Rotorcraft-Helicopter (CFI)
    • Single-Engine Airplane and Instrument Airplane (CFII)
    • Helicopter Instrument Flight Instructor (CFII)
  • Additional Aviation Certifications:
    • FAA-certified Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic
    • Advanced & Instrument Ground Instructor

Charlie Duchek in yellow Schweizer 300 helicopter
Charlie Duchek with white Schweizer 300 helicopter