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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.

Turbine Temptation

Making the decision.
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Trying to Fit In

Sometimes, you just see a photo that demands a caption. Or two. Or maybe three... “If I’m really quiet, maybe they wont notice me!” “When I...

Half Over – All To Go!

Reno Race week is an interesting phenomenon, depending on if you’re a casual spectator, or a die-hard fan (or participant). To the public -...

Where The Magic Happens

The Reno Air Races have a lot of great things, but when you talk to those who’ve spent a lot of time watching all...

Sport Pits—Home Away From Home

The place to be for those enamored with air racing is the pits.

And They’re Racing!

It’s September in Reno, and to aviation buffs, that means one thing - Air Racing!

Military Oxygen

Want to look and sound like a fighter jock?
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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

You’d think that an organization as large as the EAA could reliably count something like conventions, so we have been slightly amused over the...