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Chuck Berthe

Chuck Berthe
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Chuck Berthe is a retired Naval Aviator, civilian Test Pilot, and Aeronautical Engineer with ATP, CIFI, Helo, A&P ratings, and two Repairman Certificates. He has logged 16,600 pilot hours, and is an Associate Fellow in the Society of Experimental Test Pilots.

Bearhawk LSA

Its the wing that gives Bob Barrows latest design a faster cruise and slower stall speed than similar LSAs. By Chuck Berthe.

Flight Review: Revival of the Fittest

Part Husky, part Cub, the Bearhawk Patrol evokes 1940s-era shapes but with the benefit of today’s advanced manufacturing. By Chuck Berthe.

Flight Review: Four to Tango

Chuck Berthe puts Team Tango’s Foxtrot 4 through its paces, and finds it to be a capable aircraft with the potential to be even better as the design is refined.

Comp Air 9

Chuck Berthe flies the turbine-powered Comp Air CA9, an impressive work in progress. With a combination of a massive airframe and a Honeywell turbine, the CA9 is a heavy hauler that will really scoot.

Arion Lightning

Test pilot Chuck Berthe flew the Arion Lightning not once but twice, in two different factory demonstrators. The first flight raised concerns about the trim system and longitudinal stability, while the second flight (months later) impressed with improvements to the trim system and the consequent betterment of the airplane’s handling characteristics.

In Case You Missed it

Pilot Proficiency

When determining whos best to conduct the first flight, its a risk versus reward equation. By Doug Rozendaal.

Cable-Exit Fairings

Dont let unsightly cable-exit holes spoil the look or performance of your aircraft (not to mention your budget). Ishmael Fuentes shows you how to make a cable-exit fairing inexpensively.

All About Avionics

With all of the ways to get GPS information into the cockpit, a handheld unit remains a viable option. By Stein Bruch.

Safety Is No Accident: Zenith

Ron Wanttaja examines the accident data for two of Zenith Aircrafts most popular designs, the CH 601 and CH 701.