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

What Do I Call It?

According to all of the Facebook reminders popping up on my feed, its been almost exactly two years since I did the first flight...

Turned On—We Fly an Electric Xenos!

The electric Xenos is a bonafide motorglider. Paul Dye previews the aircraft.

There Are Always Alternatives

My recent Kneeboard Note on drilling bolts to create lighter weights for prop balancing generated a fair number of responses - all the way...

The Future of Homebuilding: Builders

If we could magically transport a modern homebuilder back to the 1960s, they would probably be amazed at just how far we have come....

Final Steps to Flight

Part 4: Overhauling Your Own Lycoming

Hollow Bolts for Propeller Balancing

Lighten the steel bolts for dynamic propeller balancing.

Building Trust—Reliability vs. Redundancy

It is hard to fly without a little trust. Call it faith if you will, but we fundamentally can’t leave the ground without some...
Hartzell 3-blade Explorer propeller

Another Week, Another Prop

This week, we’re flying the new “Explorer” three-blade composite prop from Hartzell on our RV-8.

The Art of Assembly

The day will come when all of your engine’s parts come home from their exciting trip to Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Remember that, in the last...


Take a deep breath–it can be fixed.

In Case You Missed it

Down to Earth

Amy Laboda has watched her first homebuilt (Kitfox) aircraft and her second daughter come of age in a way that illustrates some parallels between the two.

Tips From the New Guy

Picking your panel. By David Boeshaar.

Hidden Truths

There are some things to learn in aviation that seemingly only come with experience.

Wind Tunnel

Design process: balance, part 3.