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Paul Dye

Paul Dye
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Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

The Virtual Fly-In

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and in these days of social isolation from COVID-19, aviators who still want to congregate for community support...

Ride the Wave!

Oh, for a sailplane on a day like today! I took off on a short after-breakfast flight to do a little post-maintenance test hop....

Turbine Temptation: Into the Air

No parts left—let’s fly!

Statistics, Lies and Damn Lies…

Aviation is a numbers game. We fly the airplane by the numbers, we use numbers to navigate and we have to deal with numbers...

Flying in the Age of COVID-19

My wife and I just returned from a week-long trip to Colorado’s ski country and experienced the current airline travel system first-hand. (No, we...

It Was a Simple Job…

I was just looking for one wire—one measly wire that I knew was excess, something I had installed years ago in order to test...
Subsonex paint

Turbine Temptation: Adding Some Color

John Stahr performs airbrush magic on the jet.

Dear FAA: Model Aircraft Are Not Drones

Sometimes when you set out to fix one problem you create one (sometimes many) more. That’s what I think is happening now as the...

Socked In On a CAVU Day

Lake Tahoe can be a funny place. Surrounded by gorgeous countryside, it salutes the forested western slope of the Sierra on its California side,...

Familiar Face

A lighter, more powerful engine gives the Lightning better performance.
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In Case You Missed it

Light Stuff

At AirVenture last year, Remos Aircraft introduced an all-composite, factory-built Light Sport Aircraft, the GX, which replaces the Remos G-3. Significant testing went into the two-year development of this new plane, including ground vibration testing, which is the subject of this months column; by Dave Martin.

Plane and Simple

Double-duty band saws.

Wind Tunnel

When is an airplane in trim? At least to the pilot, the airplane is trimmed when no stick force is required to maintain equilibrium. So how do we achieve this? Barnaby Wainfan explains any number of ways to go about it, including the use of trimtabs, spring systems, sparrow strainers and variable incidence tails.

Around the World and Over Both Poles

Sky Polaris-a historic flight in an RV-8, part 2.