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

Javron Cub Double Take

One of the dangers of walking through AirVenture is the possibility of whiplash as you suddenly see something out of the corner of your...

It’s About the Friends You Meet

I’ve written this once or twice in the past, but it’s worth repeating—the longer you go to Oshkosh, the less it becomes about airplanes,...

Return of the Wonder!

Charlie Becker, EAA Homebuilt Community Manager, announced Saturday morning that the One Week Wonder will return at AirVenture 2022 with the build of a...

Saturday Morning Scud

Pilots are sitting in their airplanes this morning at Wittman field, waiting on the IFR conditions to lift so that the mass exodus from...

One, Two… Three?

Take a look at the seat back just below the fist in this picture. Forget the fact that the fist is attached to an...

Working the Weather

So here we sit in a suburb of Oshkosh on Wednesday evening, “working the weather.” That’s a term we used to use in the...

Friday is the New Saturday

It's a natural evolutionary process—when an event gets big enough, the opening day becomes crowded. So those that don’t like the crowds start coming...

Just a Little Old Wisconsin Fly-In

While the Mega-Aviation event known as AirVenture is still officially a few days away, the gathering has begun! Many EAA old-timers sit around bemoaning the...
Planning for the trip to Oshkosh.

Out of Practice?

It is traditional for aviation bloggers and journalists to remind folks - in the weeks leading up to Oshkosh - to review the NOTAM...

Electrified

The electric Xenos: two seats, long wings, inexpensive fun!

In Case You Missed it

Mistral Magic

Building a Glasair III with a Mistral rotary engine.

Turbine Moose: The Ultimate Amphib

Its said that sailors make good floatplane pilots because they understand the nature of wind on the water. Sailboat racer and pilot Rick Orchard took that sentiment to heart in a big way when he decided to pump up an already large homebuilt (the Murphy Moose) by adding Aerocet amphibious floats and a 550-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-20 turbine engine.

Carbon Cub EX-2

A good backcountry airplane gets even better.

Stearns Stuff

Clean, fast, and composite, the KIS TR-1 makes a fine cruiser. There just aren't many of them.