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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.

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....

Learning Glass

Old dog, new tricks. We see the discussion of EFIS digital instruments versus round steam gauges on homebuilders forums every week. There are all...

Same Faces….More Nitrous!

The early part of the week at the Reno Races is mostly spent chatting with old friends as they get their race planes dialed...

CQ, CQ—The Best Little Headset from Texas

Sometimes, smaller is better.

Drill Guides for Mass Production

A faster way to add rivet holes to piano hinge.

The Tale of the Tundra

The difficult truth of being an early adopter.

Good Fundamentals

I am often asked what it takes to fly many different airplanes, especially when some are prototypes for which very little data exists. My...

In Case You Missed it

Ask the DAR

Are computer software programs sufficient documentation of a build, and what do you do when a DARs request seems unreasonable?

The Other P Factor

Late last year I flew from Southern California to Tucson and back in my...

All About Avionics, Part 6

Whether portable handheld or panel-mounted, GPSes are the wave of the future in avionics, and these units can store and display a remarkable amount of detailed information. With nifty docks, handhelds can perform much like the panel-mounts in the cockpit, yet be removed for use in other vehicles.

A Great Compromise

Building an airplane usually requires a long-term commitment, not entirely dissimilar to the one that is made when saying I do. Yet many builders lose sight of this when building, sometimes even forgetting that they have a spouse. The commitment to the project must be matched by the commitment to maintaining a spousal relationship, and a little forethought and planning can help both builder and spouse enjoy not only the process, but the end result.