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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 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

Flight Review: Kitfox Super Sport with Rotax’s Turbo 916

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KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye took a couple of flights with Brandon Petersen in his Kitfox Series 7 Super Sport powered by the...

Minor Surgery

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In my ongoing effort to equip our home fleet of airplanes with as many Angle of Attack systems as possible, we recently upgraded the...

Building the eXenos

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Part 7: Finally, time for flight!

Sometimes, Ya’ Just Gotta’ Fly

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It was almost ten o’clock last night when the text came in from an airpark neighbor—“$2.99 per gallon Avgas at Yerington tomorrow from 0700...

Everything Goes to Tulsa

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Well, everything engine overhaul-related, that is.

Terrified? Or Just Happy to Be Here?

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To quote a great aviation movie from the 1960’s “‘E’s not supposed to carry passengers!” Dee Child flies Race 60, a Glasair that is obviously...

More than just “Busy”

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As Tom Wilson reported on Friday, it was starting to get busy at the Reno Air Races… well Saturday it went from “busy” to...

Clever Stuff

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See that? No, not the polished tie-down ring (how many milli-knots do you think that gets him?), I’m talking about the pitot tube on...

Reno After Hours

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When the racing is done, Reno is still here and if you have a pit pass, it’s worth sticking around for the “night life.”...

Things Heating Up at Reno

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We’re not going to identify which airplane these plugs came out of, but when you’re pushing the edge of what an air-cooled engine can...

In Case You Missed it

All About Avionics

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Stein Bruch explains how bringing smart phones and tablets, with a bevy of aviation apps, into the cockpit have helped him become a better—and safer—pilot.

Develop Today, Sell Tomorrow

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While the Experimental world has matured greatly in the last few decades, we’re no longer seeing the rapid rate of change experienced in the 1970s and through the ’80s.

When Noahs Ark was an RV-9A

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They have more in common than you might think. By Joetta Schneider.

All About Avionics

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Planning a major panel upgrade. By Stein Bruch.