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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 6000 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.

Trying on the Two-Seater

I am probably one of the higher-time SubSonex JSX-2 pilots around, so it was with great interest that I dropped in at the Sonex...

We Owe Paul Better

I rarely, if ever, do public service announcements, but I was on the AirVenture grounds early the other morning, and saw something that would...

Let’s be Careful Out There

We get it folks—its been a long week, you’re tired, and you are ready to put Wittman Field in your mirror and head for...

Beer, Brats, and Curds

When you’re visiting a foreign country, I believe it is important to eat the local food—and as a born-and-bred Minnesotan, I am bound by...

My Favorite AirVenture Hideaways

If you have been to AirVenture before, you know it is immense. If you haven’t, and this is your first time, prepare to be...

Welcome to the Show!

AirVenture or Oshkosh – whatever you call it, there is a mystical quality to this event  that draws 600,000 of our closest friends to...

Van’s at 50

It might surprise many of our readers that I am a relative newcomer to the world of Van’s Aircraft and the RV. It’s not...

RV-15: How Does It Compare?

How does Van's RV-15 compare to the Dream Tundra?

Never Hold in the Air

If you ever daydream about being a fighter or bomber pilot, think of  the flying arrival to AirVenture as a military operation. That means...

Casualties of the Storm

With due consideration to the folks who had actual damage to their airplanes form Saturday Night’s storm, probably the most common casualty were to...

In Case You Missed it

It’s a Cub Thing

With a bigger engine and lighter airframe, CubCrafters’ Carbon Cub EX kit aircraft takes the Cub experience to a higher plane. By Marc Cook.

Alternative Energies

Making those final connections. By Dean Sigler.

Positive Capture

Aircraft fasteners that are critical almost always have a positive capture design or mechanism.

Transatlantic Homebuilt

Los Angeles to England in an RV-8.