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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 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.

A Flying Tale

As everyone should have heard by now, AirVenture 2019 got off to an interesting start, with a number of severe thunderstorms dumping several inches...

Red Flight

Dr. Kraft passed away today, the 22nd of July, 2019—just two days after the 50th anniversary of man’s first setting foot on the moon.

Jetting To Oshkosh

I know (or have met - I really don't have a lot of good friends in that economic class) a number of folks that...

Evaluating Aircraft

How to test-fly an airplane and decide if it’s right for you.

Editor’s Log: Crew Change

Marc Cook, former editor in chief, is once again going to hold that position here, as Paul Dye steps into the role of editor at large.
The whole High Sierra spread out to the north

It’s Different in the Jet

Let's face it - when flying a cross-country in an RV (or other higher-performance experimental single that isn't turbocharged), we like to think about...


I have been writing this blog called Kneeboard Notes for about four or five years now, and one thing I don't think I have...

Group Therapy

As a naturally introverted engineer (redundant, I know), I enjoy working in my shop all alone, with nothing but a little soft music (and...

The Gorge

How is it that an airplane oriented company like Van’s Aircraft can be based in a valley that always seems to be fogged or...

It’s That Time Again

It's time for us aviation journalists to trot out our well-oiled please for practice, tolerance, and good decision-making