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

One of the best things about going out to visit kit companies—aside from the airplanes of course—is meeting the people that make up our...

The Monkworkz MZ-30L Direct Drive Generator

Lots of power in a tiny package.

High Wing Sling on Safari

Our man Paul Dye is in South Africa this week flying the all-new Sling High Wing airplane. The company has pulled out all the...

First Impressions of the Sling High Wing

Our man Paul Dye is in South Africa this week flying the all-new Sling High Wing airplane. The company has pulled out all the...

Sling Aircraft Tour: Keeping the Pipeline Flowing

Our man Paul Dye is in South Africa this week flying the all-new Sling High Wing airplane. The company has pulled out all the...

A Boot “What’s-it?”

While trolling through the bins of assorted parts and treasures at the B&B Airparts booth today, we ran across this odd piece of rubber...

Teaching Tool

While wandering around Sun ‘n Fun this afternoon, we were stopped by this excellent demonstration of cylinder technology on the table at the Superior...

They’re Not Kidding!

When Sun ‘n Fun posts a warning sign about the local wildlife in Florida, those folks who “aren’t from around here….” would do well...

Preparing for the Wonder!

Sonex Aircraft doesn’t have an official booth at Sun ‘n Fun this year, but they do have a presence—at the EAA tent! Sonex company...

Into Every Show, a Little Rain Must Fall

It seems that no week in April can go without at least one thunderstorm in central Florida and this week was no exception. Although...

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Around the Patch

Editor-in-Chief Marc Cook discusses the potential impact of changes to the FAAs 51% rule, which are the result of increasingly complex aircraft being constructed with the aid of builder-assistance programs.

ViperJet Redux

Before you think to yourself, "I couldn't afford that, let alone fly it" relax a little and let your imagination run wild. The ViperJet offers glove leather interior, rosewood inlay, and performance to spare. Doug Rozendaal completes the picture.

Start Building Your Aircraft With a Subkit

Deciding to build an aircraft does not have to be one big, final decision.

Wind Tunnel

Builders are often in a rush to prove the airworthiness of their homebuilt projects, but thorough flight-testing is essential.