N627 (c/n 002)
Blythe, California, USA
07 September 2009
Photo: © via Rick Bertrand
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Rick L. Bertrand (1953-2014)
It is with great sadness we have received reports
that Rick L. Bertrand, owner of Riviera N627 (#002), passed away on
October 18, 2014. Here are some extracts from the obituary that
was published in "The Desert Sun":
Rick Bertrand, age 61, was taken home to the
Lord on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. He was born here in the Desert
and remained here all of his life. He attended UCLA and graduated
in 1974. He then went on to receive his Doctorate in Chiropractic
Medicine. He started his chiropractic practice in 1978 in
Cathedral City and was still practicing at the time of his death.
He had a devout following and he was incredibly skilled in his
profession. Rick had many passions in addition to his family and
career. He was an outdoor enthusiast and excelled in many water
sports: boating, fishing, water skiing, and scuba diving. Rick was
an airplane pilot for most of his life. He received his pilot
license when he was only 15 years old. He loved muscle cars and
was an exceptional mechanic. He was also a Master Mason and was an
accomplished trombone player. He loved life to the fullest. He is
survived by his wife, Linda; his two children, Cole and Shelby;
his sister Darcy; and nephew Daniel Demott. Rick was well known
and liked throughout the Desert and his death will be greatly felt
by many of his patients and friends. His passing will leave an
aching void in the lives of the people who loved him dearly,
especially his family.
On Nov. 8, 2014, there was a
memorial service for Rick and his mother, Frances Bertrand at Desert
Chapel in Palm Springs.
Riviera N918NS For Sale!
of of Riviera #0104,
Dr. Jürgen Langhoff, sadly passed away on 01 June 2014, before
seeing his dream airplane fly - an airplane he spent 20 years
restoring to "better than new" condition. This
unique Riviera amphibian will be offered for sale soon.
Riviera N627 Flies!
It is with great joy Rick Bertrand
reports that he finally flew N627 (s/n 002) today, Friday 04
September 2009. According to his report he flew from
to Thermal/Cochran this morning with no squaks. The return
trip very smooth and exciting. - Eight years 1000 hours of
work and well worth it, he writes. Congratulations,
Rick! We look forward to your photos and more details about
is with great sadness it is reported that SIAI Marchetti FN.333 Riviera
N95DR (s/n 0110) crashed on Sunday, May 20, 2007.
The Federal Aviation
Administration is investigating the crash which occurred in the 1700
block of North Benton Road in Minden, Nevada, just after 3:15 p.m.
The pilot, who was killed instantly, has been identified as Egon Fritz,
64, of Germany.
Early reports suggest that the
amphibian lost engine power and that the pilot was forced to make an
off-airport emergency landing. An eyewitness who witnessed the accident from approximately 100 yards
the crash site, and who was the first on the scene after impact, said
that the pilot was avoiding a home and people in the yard when he struck
the roof of a garage, skidded off the roof before the amphibian struck
the ground and overturned.
From a Nevada
Appeal news report:
"I heard a plane that was way too loud. I looked up and it was
right there above my porch. As I looked up it went over the garage and
there was a huge plume of dust," said Merry Anderson.
The single engine float plane lost power, skidded off the roof of
Anderson's home, struck the ground twice and overturned. It left two
holes in Anderson's garage, but caused only slight damage.
The exact cause of the crash isn't known and is under investigation by
Douglas Sheriff's Capt. Mike Biaggini said Fritz had no relatives in the
area, but had friends in Northridge, California.
He said the pilot was killed instantly.
"If he'd had 18-24 more inches of altitude, he would have missed
the roof and there's a chance he would have been able to land the plane
in the field. But it's like tripping someone who is walking. It put the
nose right down in the ground," Biaggini said.
According to the Federal Aviation Administration report, the aircraft
was a SIAI-Marchette FN-333, an amphibian plane.
All Riviera enthusiasts are deeply
saddened by this tragic accident, and express their deepest condolences
to the pilot's family and friends. More information on this
accident will be published here when available.
When owned by late Ken Shea, N95DR
was a frequent visitor to the EAA Oshkosh and the Clear Lake
splash-ins. This was probably the best restored Riviera in the
Update 2007-05-23: New information
is that Mr. Fritz recently had bought the Riviera from the estate of
Kennon S. Shea, and that he was planning to take the aircraft to Europe,
presumably to Germany. According to US Registry, N95DR was
registered to Aircraft Guaranty Title Corp. Trustee; Houston, Texas on
2007-03-20. The sale was handled by a company in Minden, Nevada.
(c/n 0101) Australia
From Down Under, Riviera owner Charles
W. Riley reports that his SIAI Marchetti Riviera VH-SAV (c/n 0101) has
been completely dismantled for an in-depth restoration and
repaint. The Riviera is undamaged and has no corrosion. The
IO-470P engine and propeller have been overhauled and are now back to
zero time. The total flying time for c/n 0101 is just 500 hrs.
In January 2005 Mr. Jeff Coggins visited a
little airstrip called "Airpak East" (1F7) in Rockwell, Texas, and found Rivera N5HL in one of the hangars! The Riviera
seems to be under restoration. She is up on stands and there is still
some work to be done on left wing and the landing gear assembly.
However, it looks like the Riviera has not been worked on for
months. According to FAA Registry N5HL is owned by Mr. Robert
Weese of Quinlan, Texas. Any additional information will be most
It seems that the number of Riviera
amphibians flying will be increasing in the months to come! Owner
of Riviera N627 (# 002), Mr. Rick L. Bertrand, reports from California
that the restoration is progressing well. Rick inherited the
Riviera from his late father, Mr. Robert S. Bertrand, last year.
However, N627 has not flown for some years and needed a
restoration... N627 has a TTAF 1000 hrs, the IO-470P engine has a
TTSMOH of 250 hrs.
Rick reports that the left fuel tank
needs replacement, he had the landing gear actuator piston and bracket
built from scratch and it is now ready for installation. Brakes
from a Navion airplane will also be installed together with new
piping. All O-rings in actuators will be replaced. Rick
plans to run the engine with right fuel tank soon. Rick hopes that
N627 will be ready for taxi testing later this summer. We
look forward to Rick's next report!
Owner of FN.333 Riviera s/n 0104 (N918NS), Dr. J.
Langhoff (Germany), reports that his Riviera now is only 4 - 6 weeks from
making her first flight after a ten year restoration! Dr. Langhoff
purchased the Riviera in 1994. All Riviera fans around the World
wish that Dr. Langhoff's Riviera will have a safe and successful first
test flight after the restoration!
Dr. Langhoff will get back with photos and more