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Paul Dye

Paul Dye
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 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are flight testing a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

Everything Goes to Tulsa

Well, everything engine overhaul-related, that is.

Terrified? Or Just Happy to Be Here?

To quote a great aviation movie from the 1960’s “‘E’s not supposed to carry passengers!” Dee Child flies Race 60, a Glasair that is obviously...

More than just “Busy”

As Tom Wilson reported on Friday, it was starting to get busy at the Reno Air Races… well Saturday it went from “busy” to...

Clever Stuff

See that? No, not the polished tie-down ring (how many milli-knots do you think that gets him?), I’m talking about the pitot tube on...

Reno After Hours

When the racing is done, Reno is still here and if you have a pit pass, it’s worth sticking around for the “night life.”...

Things Heating Up at Reno

We’re not going to identify which airplane these plugs came out of, but when you’re pushing the edge of what an air-cooled engine can...

Dynon is On the Field!

Dynon Avionics has, for the past several years, sponsored a tent in the Sport Class pits that serves as a briefing center, hospitality pavilion,...

Racing Costs Money

No, it’s not a blown-up Merlin on a Mustang being frantically changed by a team of twelve guys in the Unlimited pits. But for...


I love the first couple of days of the Reno Race week—no “paying customers,” low traffic - and lots of time to meet up...

Forever Learning

Way back when I was working for NASA, I used to get mail addressed to “Dr.” Paul Dye, which always amused this college graduate...

In Case You Missed it


Necessity is the mother of invention, and the Corvair engine for aircraft has inspired a host of innovative aftermarket solutions. By Rick Lindstrom.

Oil Cooler 101

What the homebuilder should know about oil coolers.

Wicks Aircraft Supply & Motorsports

For over 100 years, this family-owned business has sold everything from pipe organs and PT-19 wings to high-performance parts for homebuilts.

Seat Foam

DIY for comfort and cost.