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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 former member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

Home Away from Home… Thanks Dynon!

One of the hidden treasures in the Reno Air Race pits, tucked in among the Sport Class racers and their pits, is a bite...

Better Safe…

As competitive as he is, Sport Class President Bob Mills is first and foremost a pilot with excellent judgement. So when he taxied out...

Harbingers of Winds to Come

The atmosphere in Reno, Nevada this year gives you two choices - you can have smoke, or you can have wind - which drives...

The Smallest “Sponsor”

When we watched Bob Mills prepping Race 49 (his read Rocket 6) for a heat race on Wednesday, we noticed that his fuel cap...

It’s Not Your Old 1917!

One of the traditions at the Reno Air Races is the Fire Truck ride given to race winners and their crews. Traditionally, the winning...

Racing Tweaks and Tricks

Sport Class racers are an inventive bunch, and they are always tweaking during race week to get the most performance out of their machines....

Learning Glass

Old dog, new tricks. We see the discussion of EFIS digital instruments versus round steam gauges on homebuilders forums every week. There are all...

Same Faces….More Nitrous!

The early part of the week at the Reno Races is mostly spent chatting with old friends as they get their race planes dialed...

CQ, CQ—The Best Little Headset from Texas

Sometimes, smaller is better.

Drill Guides for Mass Production

A faster way to add rivet holes to piano hinge.

In Case You Missed it

Wind Tunnel

Columnist Barnaby Wainfan discusses the factors that affect the longitudinal stability of an aircraft during a variety of maneuvers. Designers make compromises to keep stick forces down so that a pilot can control an airplane, but sometimes they go too far, and light control forces can result in problems that are just as serious as those posed by forces that are too heavy. Whats a designer to do? The most important considerations are presented.

Cables and Pulleys

Even though many planes have most of their flight controls actuated by pushrods and...

Rites of Passage

Throughout human history, societal groupings of like-minded people have developed certain requirements for new...

Experimental or Certified

Which one will work for you? By Gary Jones.