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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.

A Two-headed Stick

No, you have not entered the magical realm of a circus freak show—this really is exactly what it looks like—a control stick with two...

Dealing With Off-Nominal: Part 1

Taking a closer look at “off-nominal” flight experiences and what to do about them.

MOAC!

American Legend Builds the “Mother of All Cubs.”

The First Liar

Throughout the history of places where pilots gather—be it a hangar, lounge or friendly saloon—one thing has always held true: the old saying that...

Home Away from Home… Thanks Dynon!

One of the hidden treasures in the Reno Air Race pits, tucked in among the Sport Class racers and their pits, is a bite...

Better Safe…

As competitive as he is, Sport Class President Bob Mills is first and foremost a pilot with excellent judgement. So when he taxied out...

Harbingers of Winds to Come

The atmosphere in Reno, Nevada this year gives you two choices - you can have smoke, or you can have wind - which drives...

The Smallest “Sponsor”

When we watched Bob Mills prepping Race 49 (his read Rocket 6) for a heat race on Wednesday, we noticed that his fuel cap...

It’s Not Your Old 1917!

One of the traditions at the Reno Air Races is the Fire Truck ride given to race winners and their crews. Traditionally, the winning...

Racing Tweaks and Tricks

Sport Class racers are an inventive bunch, and they are always tweaking during race week to get the most performance out of their machines....

In Case You Missed it

Bearhawk LSA

Simple and light—very light: The Bearhawk LSA is the latest addition to the Bearhawk family, the culmination of decades of design experience.

Archive: June 1995

A turbocharged Pelican was on our cover of this issue. Inside, LeRoy Cook reported...

Spitfire Squadron Scrambles Again

At Enstone, U.K., groups of builders are creating Spitfire replicas. By Geoff Jones.

Aero ‘lectrics

You have your off-grid hangar on a solar array, but how to harness its power? Thats what Columnist Jim Weir tackles this month, with an array that tracks the sun to maximum effect.