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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.

Funny Money

When I was a kid, way back in the 1960s, one of the toughest decisions I had to make was whether to buy a...

Mounting On a Curve

A long time ago, when homebuilders began installing Garmin 430s—the most popular IFR GPS/nav/com of the day—we were mostly left on our own to...

Nutsert Notes

Let me say right up front that I hate nutserts. Also called rivet nuts, threaded inserts or rivnuts. (I’m sure there’s a formal product...

You’ve Done Your Duty

Nothing lasts forever.

A Great Day to Burn Jet A

About the only good thing that you can say about these times of angst and social distancing is that flying a single-seat airplane puts...

In-Flight Weather: Practice for Survival

This was going to get ugly. Crossing southern Louisiana in the middle of the afternoon in late May is never pretty. Today was going to...

The Virtual Fly-In

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and in these days of social isolation from COVID-19, aviators who still want to congregate for community support...

Ride the Wave!

Oh, for a sailplane on a day like today! I took off on a short after-breakfast flight to do a little post-maintenance test hop....

Turbine Temptation: Into the Air

No parts left—let’s fly!

Statistics, Lies and Damn Lies…

Aviation is a numbers game. We fly the airplane by the numbers, we use numbers to navigate and we have to deal with numbers...

In Case You Missed it

Starduster too on the ramp

Rear Cockpit: The Other Guy’s Plane

In a parallel life of mine—auto journalism—shop talk occasionally got around to just how...

Sphere Turning

Sphere turning.

So You’d Like to Go Faster

Secrets for reducing drag, part 1.

Letters

The Thrill Is Gone...Somewhat I love KITPLANES magazine and haven't missed an issue...