MN Wing Tech Counselors

Tom Berge, Plymouth, MN

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Tom Berge started building his RV6 back in 1987. N69TB was finished and flown in 1991. This was an early kit with considerably more fabrication required as compared to kits of today.

As the years went by, the panel had a major modification done at one point and then finally completely replaced a few years later. This plane was flown for approximately 1600 hours over 12 years.

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Tom started building an RV7A in 2001 and completed it during the summer of 2003 after 23 months of work. First flight was June 15th 2003. Since getting involved with RV’s, Tom has done numerous pre FAA inspections for local builders to help identify problem areas. He has also done pre-buy inspections for those looking to purchase their RV.

In the last few years, Tom has been involved with helping other builders with their projects. He replaced a panel on an RV6A, adding in new avionics and cleaning up the look of the layout. His most recent work has been helping a local builder with the installation of all systems leading to a successful first flight of an RV7A during the Fall of 2008. Currently, he is working with another builder on an RV7.

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Tom has given a number of classes on a range of subjects such as riveting, electrical systems and fiberglass work. A class on firewall forward in currently in the planning stage with a tentative time frame of early May, 2009. Tom is always available to look at individual projects and will consider builder assistance if requested. Contact Tom at 612-418-9500 or email at

Gary Specketer, Lino Lakes, MN (summer), Conyers, GA (winter)

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Gary is a private pilot, instrument rated with 2500 hours. He has been an EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor for 10 years but he is not a CFI. He has built 4 planes (Dragonfly, Glasair III, Glastar and the RV 10) for himself and has done major work on 4 others.

He is available for phone consultation all year round at 770-403-3450. However he is a snow bird so he leaves the frozen northland in September and returns in December for a couple of weeks and then back south until May. He is in Minnesota from May to Labor Day.

Gary Specketer

Mike Hilger, South St. Paul, MN (EAA chapter 1164)



RV-6, N207AM, flying since 2000. A&P, Avionics tech, CFII Tech Counselor for Powerplants, Sheet metal, Tube/fabric and Avionics/electrical. Phone: 651-455-3160 (home) 612-414-9128 (cell). E-mail: