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Paul Dye

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

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Build, Maintain, Inspect

One of the big reasons that people build their own airplane is the flexibility afforded by the FAA when it comes to maintenance and inspections. If you are the builder of an experimental aircraft, you can be issued the repairman’s certificate that allows you to sign off the annual condition inspection—thereby making you the builder, […]
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Spirit of Flight

Every year the Society of Experimental Test Pilots present the Spirit of Flight Award in recognition of outstanding work in the field of homebuilt...

They’re Only Slightly Off

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The Perfect Getaway

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Nose(Gear) Job

If you find yourself at AirVenture, wandering around the Van’s Aircraft booth, make sure to take a look at the fuselage they have tucked...

Thinning The Herd

Walking the AirVenture grounds of Wittman Field on Friday afternoon, it was apparent that the departure process of homebuilts has begun - and in...

The Letter

You’ve spent many hours lost in your workshop and brought your homebuilt to fruition. You spent many enjoyable hours testing it in Phase 1....

Following the Sun

Dale Fanning knows that the mid-afternoon sun can be brutal in Oshkosh Wisconsin in the summertime, especially when you find yourself out in the...

It’s Da Bom!

Levil Aviation’s BOM puts pitot-static, AHRS, GPS, ADS-B In, and its own power source right under your wing.