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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: Final Integration and Testing

It looks almost finished, but there’s still much to do before the jet is ready to fly.

Back In the (jet) Saddle Again!

Loki got back in the air again today, the first time in just over two months. Back in the first week of November, an engine problem came up that required the motor to be shipped back to the factory near Prague (Czech Republic), and with the cooperation of everyone at PBS, they turned it around […]

The Fellowship of the Wing

In the classic J.R.R. Tolkien trilogy Lord of the Rings, a small band of intrepid adventurers are sent on a near-impossible mission—to save the world they know from evil and to set civilization back on a path toward goodness. This fellowship seems, at first, to be horribly ill-conceived. Its members include a couple of small, […]

Land Where?!

A long time ago, in a city far, far away (OK, it’s St. Paul, Minnesota…), there was an Aviation Explorer Post that had rebuilt a J-3 Cub. The Explorer Post was sponsored by an FBO and the 3M aviation club, and because it was part of the Boy Scouts program, they were invited to display […]

Turbine Temptation: Wiring, Avionics and Plumbing

The systems are simple but space is tight, so plan ahead.

Clean and Simple

There’s an old engineer’s quote that says “Perfection in design comes not when there is nothing left to add, but rather, when there is nothing left to take away.” Another interpretation of good engineering practice is to “make things as simple as you can – but no simpler.” I try to follow these dictums in […]

In the Details

I often talk about how complicated failures can be traced back to some tiny, seemingly insignificant detail – and here’s a recent example from our own stable of airplanes. Our RV-6 was an early testbed for the Garmin G3X Touch EFIS, which we installed using early units when they were first shipped. A few months […]

Turbine Temptation: Power is Life!

The day the beautiful wooden box arrives from the Czech Republic is a day no SubSonex builder will ever forget. I tracked mine through the FedEx system all the way from Prague and had to work the phones between FedEx, Sonex, and Customs to make sure that it arrived safely and on time—there is something […]

Building Means Buying

With winter on the way and all of the current airplanes inspected, maintained, and generally in flying condition, we’re once again finding time to spend some quality time in the shop – building once again on the Xenos motor glider that has frequently been pushed aside for “other projects” in the past few years. Sitting […]

I Know Better…

Always design for maintenance.

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Legalities of Fly-Ins

Fly-in season is coming up, but lawsuit season is year-round. By Jerry Eichenberger.

Empty Nest Syndrome

Looking for a new project to fill the shop.

2012 Plansbuilt Buyer’s Guide

The 2012 Plansbuilt Buyer’s Guide features 138 designs for those who prefer the challenge of building an aircraft from scratch.

On the Prowl

Aerobatic Panther-the new cat in town.