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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 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 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor, as well as a former member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

ScaleWings SW-51 Mustang

Carbon fiber and 70% scale but true in spirit to the original.

The Big Empty

If you’ve followed any of our shop videos or seen pictures of what we’re working on here at Kitplanes any time in the past...

Building the eXenos

Part 3: Prepping the patient, de-motoring the motorcycle.

Small Screen Upgrade!

It’s a matter of Touch.

Tap, Tap…

How many little habits do you have that you have had for longer than you can remember and can’t seem to shake? I don’t...

Make a Rivet Paint Mask

It’s not uncommon: You paint a panel of some kind for your aircraft and then, later on, you have to mount the panel with...

How I Cross-Country

Way back in the previous century—closer to the middle of the century than the end—I learned that the secret to cross-country navigation was a...

Starting ‘em Young!

At the Reno Races in September this year, the Sport Class pilots was more than just a place to find and admire race pilots...

A Permanent Solution

Oil filters you don’t have to replace.

Size Differences

Back in the months leading up to the reveal of the RV-15 Test Article at AirVenture 2022, there was a lot of speculation as...

In Case You Missed it

SeaReys to the Dry Tortugas

Two SeaReys travel along the Gulf Coast from Houston to the Dry Tortugas.


Builders share their successes.

Editor’s Log: Crew Change

Marc Cook, former editor in chief, is once again going to hold that position here, as Paul Dye steps into the role of editor at large.


Overpowering Sentiment (Best Letter) I agree that the folks at...