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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 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 6000 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.

Make a Rivet Paint Mask

It’s not uncommon: You paint a panel of some kind for your aircraft and then, later on, you have to mount the panel with...

How I Cross-Country

Way back in the previous century—closer to the middle of the century than the end—I learned that the secret to cross-country navigation was a...

Starting ‘em Young!

At the Reno Races in September this year, the Sport Class pilots was more than just a place to find and admire race pilots...

A Permanent Solution

Oil filters you don’t have to replace.

Size Differences

Back in the months leading up to the reveal of the RV-15 Test Article at AirVenture 2022, there was a lot of speculation as...

Yup—That’s a Mustang!

Well, its actually a “Carbon Mustang”, the Scale Wings SW-51, a new kit from a German company, represented in America by an Arkansas group,...

The AirCam Experience

Pure enjoyment flying low and going slow.

Building the eXenos

Part 2: Sourcing the parts.

Shhhh – I’m Blending In

Walking the pits at Reno, you pass through a few rows of RV’s, Lancairs, and Glasairs, then a couple of aisles of T-6’s. Next,...

Morning Brief

If you think that Reno Racing is just a bunch of guys that hop in their planes and go ripping around the pylons, then...

In Case You Missed it

Plane and Simple

Filling without spilling.

Your Head, Your Heart, Your Hands and the Truth

Three chords and the truth. That’s how songwriter Harlan Howard, who, with Hank Cochran,...

What’s New

Sunbeam light from AeroLEDs, dealer agreement for Titan EXP engines, Snap-on LED Hybrid Light and Pioneer Aircraft’s new wood grip.

Light Stuff

Having completed his Vans RV-12 ELSA, Dave Martin revisits a weekend Repairman Inspection course to prepare for his first annual condition inspection.