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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

Experimotive

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You know those engine vendors you usually see at the big annual air shows? Where do they go when they disappear? Detective Rick Lindstrom is on the case.

Propeller Effects–Lateral Directional

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The propeller slipstream affects the aerodynamics of the airplane. A propeller accelerates air backward...

Continental Pushrod Tube Modification

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Owners of a certain type of Continental engine, the cam-at-the-bottom variety, are undoubtedly familiar with the annoying seepage of oil from swaged pushrod tubes and rubber pushrod seals. Now there's a cure, and author Ron Darcey describes the fix.

25th Anniversary: Engine Monitoring Comes of Age

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Whats happening behind that firewall? Marc Cook traces the lineage of engine monitors over the past 25 years.