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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 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.

Preparing for the Wonder!

Sonex Aircraft doesn’t have an official booth at Sun ‘n Fun this year, but they do have a presence—at the EAA tent! Sonex company...

Into Every Show, a Little Rain Must Fall

It seems that no week in April can go without at least one thunderstorm in central Florida and this week was no exception. Although...

Challenge: What’s-it?

You can find dang near anything at a fly-in (with vendors) the size of Sun ‘n Fun. For instance there is an aircraft surplus...

Rain ‘n Fun Style!

Floridians don’t let a little rain stop the fun—we paid a visit way out to Homebuilt Camping today and found about 35 airplanes tied...

Hangar “E”

Most visitors to Sun 'n Fun are familiar with the outside display areas for vendors. They are occupied by companies selling airframes, kits, engines,...

On the Road (to SnF) Again

One of the great things about being an aviation writer is the opportunity to get out and meet other aviators, see their airplanes, find...

Making Patches

Saving a metal cowl from self-destruction.


It is sometimes easy to remember that we do annual condition inspections to find things that might be wrong with the airplane. I know...

Those Custom Models

Get your own homebuilt built, in miniature.

The FeelFlight Grip

Product evaluation: Who’s that knocking on my finger?

In Case You Missed it

The Case of Electrical Dropouts

Electrical gremlins can be tough to track down. This month’s case involved a non-builder...

Power In a Box

Self-contained digital power distribution systems make for simplified installations and circuit health monitoring.

What’s New

CHR International acquires the Safari helicopter kit, formerly known as the Baby Belle. Flight Data Systems unveiled its T-30 digital tachometer. Edited by Mary Bernard.

Tour de Brodhead

It’s not a race!