About Us

A note from Brett Wickizer… 

CK Aero is the brainchild of the friendship between me, Brett Wickizer, and Bryan Hebert. We have long talked about the possibility of bringing the combined knowledge and talent of our partnership to the modeling community at large. Bryan has been building and designing competition pattern airplanes for decades with a certain focus, determination, and exceptional standard that we both feel is too rare these days. He also authored the de-facto standard of trimming methods for pattern, dubbed Triangulation Trimming, and routinely advises competitors all around the world on airplane setup and design. Our friendship started at my first competition, which was at Bryan’s home field in Baton Rouge, Louisiana in 2005. I was 15 then, just a kid who really loved airplanes. I’m very proud to say that since that day, I’ve become a member of several United States F3A World Championship teams starting in 2009. Bryan has been at my side since day one. Together we’ve competed on four different continents, developed two world caliber competitive airframes, pushed the development of new propellers and powerplants, and been a part of the first two US F3A World Teams to bring home the gold consecutively since 1983.

At the root of it all is a friendship that started underneath the rickety tin canopy at a flying field with no more than 10 members, in the waning hours of daylight on April 15, 2005. The name CK Aero represents those humble roots. The “C” is for that Cajun I met on April 15th; the “K” for me, the 15 year old kid who had no idea what he was doing. Since then we’ve traveled all over the world together but I think we still do our best work at that flying field in Baton Rouge.

We’ve worked together in those waning hours of daylight too many times to count – getting that last flight in to confirm a change we made to the airplane, fine tuning a motor, or just plain enjoying ourselves so much we didn’t want to give up. We’re driven by passion, that’s the message I want to get across, and that passion will be seen in everything we do. From new designs, to innovative products, to insightful articles and videos – all will be delivered with our unadulterated love for the sport. They’ll also be backed by decades of F3A design experience, unrivaled setup knowledge, and world class F3A flying talent.

In addition, we’re going to bring you material created by people in the pattern world that we personally respect and admire. Bryan and I are constantly analyzing the pattern scene around the globe, looking for trends and new ideas. We know that for us to be successful, it requires synthesizing information from every place we can find it. In that spirit, we want to bring together all of the wisdom from the most experienced and credible sources we know in one place – a diverse encyclopedia of pattern knowledge that has passed our high standard of excellence delivered straight to you, the eager precision enthusiast.

We invite you to explore the website and take advantage of everything on offer here. New content will be added regularly as we continue to bring you our thoughts and the thoughts of all those we respect.

Passion, experience, and the pursuit of perfection… That’s what we’re all about.