About Us

Robinson R44 Helicopter Pilot Training in St. Louis

Learn to Fly - Or Brush Up on Your Skills

Midwest Aeronautical Helicopter Services provides helicopter flight training services for pilots (and aspiring pilots) in St. Louis, Missouri. Train with Charlie Duchek, the most experienced Robinson Flight Instructor in the entire region - with over 5,000 hours instructing in Robinson Helicopters.

There is ABSOLUTELY NO ONE in the St. Louis, MO area more experienced as a helicopter flight instructor in more makes and models of piston-powered training helicopters.

Charlie Duchek's FAA Ratings & Certifications



Commercial & Instrument Pilot
  • Rotorcraft-Helicopter - Commercial Rating
  • Helicopter - Instrument Rating
  • Airplane Single-Engine Land - Commercial Rating
  • Airplane - Instrument Rating
Certified Flight Instructor (CFI)
  • Rotorcraft-Helicopter - CFI
  • Helicopter - Instrument CFI (CFII Rating)
  • Airplane - CFI
  • Airplane - Instrument CFI (CFII)
FAA A&P Mechanic

Besides his accomplishments as a pilot and flight instructor, Charlie is also rated as an FAA-certified A&P (Airframe and Powerplant) mechanic for both light airplanes and helicopters.

Factory-Authorized Service

Dependable Helicopter Maintenance

In addition to helicopter pilot training, Midwest is also a factory-authorized Robinson R22 & R44 service center. We offer field overhauls, routine inspections and maintenance for Robinson helicopters.

Plus, you have peace of mind knowing your helicopter is in the hands of experienced A&P mechanic Charlie Duchek. Charlie has been servicing Robinson helicopters for over 20 years and has attended a number of manufacturer training courses including:

  • Robinson R22 Factory School
  • Robinson R44 Factory School
  • Schweizer 300 Series Factory School
  • Lycoming Factory Engine School
Midwest Aeronautical service center facility
Midwest Aeronautical's Factory-Authorized Service Center
Charlie Duchek with R44 600SR

Meet Your Flight Instructor

Why train with Charlie Duchek?

Instructor Experience

Charlie Duchek has trained helicopter pilots since 1991. Charlie owned and operated the largest independent helicopter pilot training facility in the Midwest. Midwest Helicopter provided helicopter flight training to hundreds of students and pilots at Spirt of St. Louis Airport (KSUS) for over 20 years. Charlie sold his flight school operation in 2012, which since then has been relocated away from Spirit airport.

Logged Flight Experience

Charlie earned his airplane and helicopter ratings in 1986, almost 30 years ago. He has logged over 7,000 hours of flight time in airplanes and helicopters, including over 6,300 hours in helicopters (Over 5,100 of those hours as a flight instructor in Robinson helicopters).

FAA-DPE Experience

Charlie served as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE) from 2000 through 2004, performing his duties on behalf of the FAA in a professional and responsible manner and administering over 60 flight tests on behalf of the local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO).

Area's Top Instructor

Charlie is the ONLY local Helicopter Flight Instructor with: Over 4,200 hours in the Robinson R22 helicopter. Over 1,100 hours in the Robinson R44 helicopter. Over 600 hours in the Schweizer 300-series helicopters. Over 300 hours in the Bell 47 helicopter. (Robinson and Schweizer helicopters are the most-used training helicopters in the world.)

Testimonials

  • Charlie Duchek and his staff are the best possible choice I could have made for helicopter flight training. Safety is emphasized throughout and Charlie has the gift of being able to teach all the skills you need to become a proficient, safe, confident helicopter pilot. There is a certain magical feeling to flying helicopters that Charlie and his group are able to impart to all their students. I am a 55 year old jeweler who was fortunate enough to find Charlie, his skills and his patience. I would recommend him to all those who care to "share the magic."

    Roger Doyle - Past Helicopter Student
  • Charlie and his staff are the best group of instructors I have ever come across.The aircraft are the cleanest and best maintained I have seen. They always take the time to explain a question in clear understandable language.

    Chuck Talent - Past Helicopter Student
  • The process of picking the right flight school is the most important decision you will make regarding your flight training. Midwest's instructors are extremely knowledgeable and professional, and really care about your progress toward your certificate. I am 100% satisfied with the training I received from Midwest. Whether it is for a career or personal enjoyment, Midwest can help make your dreams of helicopter flying a reality. I would recommend them to anyone.

    Chad Boyd - Past Helicopter Student

Competitive Training Rates

Our training rates in the R44 are competitive with what other flight schools charge for training in a two-seat R22 helicopter.

R44 Dual Instruction
(Private Pilot, Commercial & CFI Training)
$395/hour
R44 Dual Instrument Instruction
(Instrument & CFII Training)
$425/hour
NEW! R44 Introductory Training Flight
1-hour Discounted Demo Flight
only $349
Classroom Instruction
(Ground School & Checkride Preparation)
$40/hour

Compare to $500-$600 per hour elsewhere

Now Offering Helicopter Instrument Training!

N600SR Instruments and Avionics Panel

Midwest Aeronautical is proud to offer pilot training for a helicopter instrument rating and/or helicopter Certified Flight Instructor instrument rating (CFII) in our beautiful, low time R44 instrument trainer. Our aircraft, N600SR, is equipped with state-of-the-art instrument rated avionics including vertical card compass, ELT & touch-screen GPS

Schedule a Training Flight. Contact Us Today!