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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Test pilot Chuck Berthe flew the Arion Lightning not once but twice, in two different factory demonstrators.

In Case You Missed it

Garmin Smart Glide

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New software that’s an extra layer of automation for backstopping emergency deadstick landings.
Starduster with a flat tire.

Flat Broke

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It was just two days before standing down for an annual inspection, so I...

What’s New

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Zeniths CH 750 kit is NKET compliant, Sportys launches new E6B app for iPhone and Inogens bottleless oxygen system. Edited by Mary Bernard.

RV-6 Photography

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From RV-6 photographer to RV-6 builder/pilot. By Ed Hicks.