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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 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

Building the eXenos

Part 8: Trying out task-based Phase I flight testing.

Old, New & Old Again!

We are seeing more talk of people rebuilding cores found in barns or the back of hangars.

Shop-Made “Factory Heads”

Sometimes it's form over function.

On the Nose!

Lockwood’s Rotax-powered RV-9A is more than just fancy rhinoplasty.

Pick a Little, Build a Little

Our twenty (plus) year old quick-build F1 Rocket kit came covered in a variety of twenty (plus) year old vinyl and plastic.

Why Not AoA?

If AoA flying is so great, where has it been all your life?

(Un)Boxing Day

Everyone knows that “Boxing Day” is December 26th (an old-world holiday that few celebrate on our side of the pond). This year, we celebrated...

Stewart Delivers

About ten days before Christmas, we fell into an incredible deal on an F1 Rocket kit (and a motor!) that was located in central...

Machine, Weld… Repeat!

The project was certainly educational, and those of you with lots of experience welding will chuckle at my expense.

How to Calibrate Angle-of-Attack on Garmin’s G3X Touch System

For pilots who fly with modern electronic flight instruments, having access to accurate, repeatable angle-of-attack (AoA) information can be transformative. But before you can...

In Case You Missed it

Light Stuff

The rules around Letters of Deviation Authority are labyrinthine, which helps explain why they are relatively rare. But the problems could be—and should be—corrected through a few regulatory changes. By Roy Beisswenger.

What’s New

Two RANS kits return to production, Aircraft Spruce offers the Castleberry electric attitude indicator, and two Six Chuter SLSAs are certified.

Free Flight

When testing a new avionics component in your homebuilt, you must be prepared to deal with any consequences that may develop.

Rotax Factory Tour

Paul Bertorelli takes a tour of the Rotax factory in Austria and discusses the company’s new 912 iS engine and what it has to offer to homebuilders.