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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.

The Test Pilot’s Role

I was reading a discussion on an internet forum dedicated to experimental aviation the other day, and the topic was gross weight. Someone was...

Dimple Stick

How to dimple when you don’t have the room.

Three Vs. Three

A rare chance to get solid numbers on two new-generation composite props.

Positive Capture

Aircraft fasteners that are critical almost always have a positive capture design or mechanism.

What Do I Call It?

According to all of the Facebook reminders popping up on my feed, its been almost exactly two years since I did the first flight...

Turned On—We Fly an Electric Xenos!

The electric Xenos is a bonafide motorglider. Paul Dye previews the aircraft.

There Are Always Alternatives

My recent Kneeboard Note on drilling bolts to create lighter weights for prop balancing generated a fair number of responses - all the way...

The Future of Homebuilding: Builders

If we could magically transport a modern homebuilder back to the 1960s, they would probably be amazed at just how far we have come....

Final Steps to Flight

Part 4: Overhauling Your Own Lycoming

Hollow Bolts for Propeller Balancing

Lighten the steel bolts for dynamic propeller balancing.

In Case You Missed it

Letters

Fiberglass/Epoxy LayupsIn "Maintenance Matters" on page 52, a photo shows a fiberglass/epoxy layup...

Going Retractable

The ups and downs of retractable gear.

Flight Review: Seven into Ten

The four-seat Van’s RV-10 has been an enduring presence in the homebuilt universe, but its best years may still lie ahead. By Marc Cook.

Letters

Tungsten In Eric Stewart's article, "Titans of Tungsten" , he mentioned using tungsten as a...