Chuck Surack aiming to take Enstrom ‘to new heights’


Chuck Surack (center) stands outside the headquarters of Enstrom Helicopter Corp. – the company he dramatically saved from bankruptcy in May. Brent Bundy Photo
Chuck Surack (center) stands outside the headquarters of Enstrom Helicopter Corp. – the company he dramatically saved from bankruptcy in May. Brent Bundy Photo

After a tumultuous first half of 2022 for the storied Enstrom Helicopter Corp., the future is beginning to look bright once again. In January, after over 60 years of manufacturing helicopters, Enstrom was forced into Chapter 7 bankruptcy. Shortly after, during HAI Heli-Expo 2022, Texas-based MidTex Aviation appeared ready to take over the reins and reopen the doors. However, by May, financing for the move had not come through and the outlook for Enstrom once again looked bleak.

Enter Chuck Surack. The highly successful Fort Wayne, Indiana-based businessman built his fortune with Sweetwater Sound, the world’s largest online musical instrument and audio equipment provider. Surack has a longtime passion for aviation, evidenced in two of his other companies: Sweet Helicopters and Sweet Aviation. These provide charter services, flight training, aircraft rentals, and maintenance for rotary- and fixed-wing aircraft. He earned his helicopter flight ratings in an Enstrom several years ago, and when he saw the struggles the company was going through, he decided to step in.


About Enstrom Helicopter

From Rudy Enstrom’s early designs in 1943 to initial testing in a Michigan Quarry in 1957 to aircraft operating on six continents, Enstrom Helicopter Corporation has maintained a reputation for safety, value and performance. Based in Menominee, Michigan and proudly made in the United States, Enstrom has a rich history for design innovation. The goal is to provide helicopters to the customer’s exact specification and deliver support and maintenance worldwide.