We just heard from Chuck’s friend who had been hosting EW’s secure servers. He said he couldn’t understand why they went down because his company, which Chuck helped to create 20+ years ago, specializes in keeping websites online and safe from hackers. That was at least a good confirmation of our suspicion that Chuck was killed.
Here’s a photo of Chuck in my little Kitfox ultralight, preparing to drop some aerial earthpipes on a selected underground target. You can see a bunch of them in front of the little instrument panel. I set a net underneath to hold them. He and I developed this device 8 years ago by repeatedly modifying and dropping the prototypes from 500′ altitude near our home on Hackney Airfield, Athol, Idaho. He was an incredible pilot, fun to watch. I’ve always referred to him as ‘Captain Azti.’ Azti was his username on the forum. It means, ‘magic’ in Basque.