Meet Bryan and Brett

Bryan Hebert

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I literally grew up dreaming about airplanes, from as far back as I can remember. My uncles flew control-line and their modeling had a lot of influence on me. When I was a child my dad gave me a U-control P-51 for Christmas cementing my love for anything that flies. I flew and built control-line, free-flight, and static models from the age of about 10 years old with a short break for girls, cars, and R/C boats.

After I settled down and married my wife Missy I started flying fun-flies and designing fun-fly stuff. I began reading the model magazines where I came across a captivating image of a pattern plane. Curious, I began reading articles by Ron Van Putte, Dean Pappas, and Don Low. I couldn’t wait to see one of these pattern ships in person.

Since 1987, I’ve designed nearly 20 pattern models. A few are:

  • The Storm
  • Storm EX
  • Storm 4-S (Featured in “Flying Models”)
  • Storm Limited
  • Storm 4-LS
  • Patriot
  • Patriot Extreme
  • Patriot 3D
  • Quest
  • Shinden (Extreme Composites)
  • Shark (Oxai)
  • Valiant (Composite-ARF)
  • Alferma
  • Allure (Extreme Composites)

Ten of these models were offered as kits. My latest models have been manufactured by leading international kit manufactures including Oxai Models, Composite-ARF, and Extreme Composites.

My reputation for designing perfect mix-free competition planes has helped me earn a spot as a top world designer. I have designed and built airplanes for the worlds’ top fliers like Jason Shulman, Andrew Jesky, and Brett Wickizer. I have been engaged in helping many of the top fliers in the world trim and set their airplanes for world level competition.

A top level competitor myself, I have made the F3A finals at the Nationals three times in recent years. I was in the top six in Masters in 94, and third in intermediate/sportsman in 1992. I have been the U.S.A. F3A team manager in France in 2005 and Brett Wickizer’s caller, mechanic, and coach since that same year. I have been an “A” level sponsored Futaba Pilot for over a decade, a fully sponsored Morgan Fuel pilot for over a decade, and an “A” level Yamada YS Engine sponsored pilot for nearly a decade. I endorse and use these products exclusively. It would be difficult to be successful without their support.

I am a Volvo master ASE certified technician and have worked for the local Volvo dealership for almost twenty years.

I love to play music in my spare time, “Gospel, Country, and Blue Grass“. My daughter, now in her early twenties, sings in my band. I love playing table tennis and am very involved in church activities.

I hope you receive useful information and motivation from me and my passion, and I hope to keep the new ideas flowing.

God Bless and thanks for stopping in!

Brett Wickizer

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Accomplishments: Intermediate National Champion 2005 | Advanced National Champion 2006 | 3rd Place F3A 2008, 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016 USA Nationals | USA World Team Member 2009 (13th), 2011 (12th), 2013 (12th), 2015 (14th)

I began flying models at the age of 9. My dad was looking for a hobby to get into with my older brother and I, and he decided he wanted to build and fly a remote control airplane. I think he was mostly interested in building the thing, he got the LT-40 kit so he could see the pile of sticks slowly become an airplane over time. When he finished it my brother and I spent months on the buddy box but never got proficient enough to solo; I think my dad was glad that he knew how the thing was built, because he certainly had to fix it enough times!

After a good portion of time with little success, we moved on to racing cars and spent several weekends at the track. I had some mild success at the track but it never “bit” me like flying did. Eventually RealFlight simulator was released, which my dad purchased, and I was ready for the flying field in no time. After years away from the flying field I went back with some RealFlight simulator time under my belt and had no issues handling the airplane by myself. That is really where my story begins.

I was soon flying sport planes, small scale aerobatic airplanes, 3D airplanes, large scale aerobatic airplanes…. And so on and so forth. Much of my effort in those days was dedicated to 3D flying. Like most kids that age I loved to see the airplane close to the ground, doing things airplanes weren’t supposed to do. Eventually though, around the age of 15, I was losing satisfaction with the pursuit of how low I could get to the ground. I needed a bigger challenge, a goal to work towards when I flew. Naturally, I looked towards competition and naturally, I gravitated towards IMAC and freestyle. However, there wasn’t much IMAC in my area and Don Ramsey, our current United States judge for the world championships, was a member of my club so I had the support for pattern if I needed it. So I thought to myself, “what the hell, I’ll just fly pattern to start….”

I was hooked right away. Since then I’ve been very successful with the help of too many people to count. I will point out that without the awesome support of my family, Bryan, and all of the wonderful people in NSRCA’s District 6 (South Central U.S.) there is no way I would have had the success that I’ve had in the short amount of time that I’ve had it.

Airplanes have always had a romance about them that excite me to this day. They are the ultimate convergence of man’s genius and nature’s elegance, and pattern, in my opinion, has always displayed that better than any other discipline. Pattern also satisfies my competitive tendencies. I love competition itself almost as much as I love flying; it has a way of stripping back all of the unnecessary “surface” of life, testing my character, focus, self-awareness, and dedication like no other activity can. F3A is the perfect melding of these two passions.

I’m excited that I can share these passions through CK Aero and I hope that my insights will help someone out there to be a better pilot and a better competitor.