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About Recon Five Media LLC

Recon Five Media LLC, doing business as Recon Five, was founded in 2018 in Virginia and is led by Rick Charles who was born with a love for aviation and photography.  Growing up in New York City, Rick was immersed in an environment of big newsworthy events and famous places.  Rick was fascinated with the breaking news stories that appeared from locations throughout the city as well the news helicopters that covered the stories from above the city.

Recon Five Media LLC is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs-certified Service-disabled, Veteran-Owned Small Business.

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New York City news helicopters return to base after morning coverage, Linden, NJ. Image by Rick Charles, 2019.

About Rick Charles, Owner, Chief Pilot and Director of Operations

Chief Pilot and owner Rick Charles brings over 34-years of first-hand experience in military and civil aviation, combat-experienced command and control operations, federal intelligence and law enforcement, 9-1-1 emergency services (fire & EMS) as the foundation and inspiration for Recon Five ISR.

Rick has over 2,800 military flight hours including over 300 combat flight hours from Operation Desert Storm as a United States Air Force aviator.


Rick is a self described "AvGeek" and is a proud member of the

Professional Aerial Photographers Association International (PAPA)


34+ Years of Combined Professional and Aviation Experience with:

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