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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.

In the Details

I often talk about how complicated failures can be traced back to some tiny, seemingly insignificant detail - and here’s a recent example from...

Turbine Temptation: Power is Life!

The day the beautiful wooden box arrives from the Czech Republic is a day no SubSonex builder will ever forget. I tracked mine through the FedEx system all the way from Prague and had to work the phones between FedEx, Sonex, and Customs to make sure that it arrived safely and on time—there is something […]
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Building Means Buying

With winter on the way and all of the current airplanes inspected, maintained, and generally in flying condition, we’re once again finding time to...

I Know Better…

Always design for maintenance.

Rag Wing Roots

These days, I seem to be associated mostly with metal airplanes, RVs in particular. Just take a look at that byline down there—I have...

Turbine Temptation: Building the Airframe

Rule number one for building the SubSonex: Build from the inside out. Rule number two: Never close anything until you have no choice but to do so—you might need to access something on the inside. The SubSonex is small; even experienced builders who come to visit the shop remark at just how diminutive it really […]
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Turbine Temptation

Making the decision.
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Trying to Fit In

Sometimes, you just see a photo that demands a caption. Or two. Or maybe three... “If I’m really quiet, maybe they wont notice me!” “When I...

Half Over – All To Go!

Reno Race week is an interesting phenomenon, depending on if you’re a casual spectator, or a die-hard fan (or participant). To the public -...

Where The Magic Happens

The Reno Air Races have a lot of great things, but when you talk to those who’ve spent a lot of time watching all...

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Home Shop Machinist

Reamer madness.

What’s New

Garmin expands online training and Sky-Tec introduces ST5 starters for Continentals. Edited by Mary Bernard.

Editor’s Log

Rudders R Us.

Cool Runnings

Norm Ellis does the math and shows you how to select the right oil cooler for your engine-cooling package. Given the critical role oil temperature plays in engine health, its a good idea to go beyond selecting the smallest, lightest and cheapest cooler you can find.