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

Constant-Speed Props

How do they work?

Dealing With Off-Nominal, Part 3

Distractions, minor emergencies and the worst-case scenario.

Lathe Bauble

You do NOT need a machine shop, lathe, or mill to build any kit aircraft, but...

Dealing With Off-Nominal: Part 2

What to do when the engine has “quit.”

Something Doesn’t Look Right

Look ma’ no eyebrow cooling holes! The electric Xenos project rolls on, and forces one to rethink what we hold to be conventional. Most air-cooled...

A Two-headed Stick

No, you have not entered the magical realm of a circus freak show—this really is exactly what it looks like—a control stick with two...

Dealing With Off-Nominal: Part 1

Taking a closer look at “off-nominal” flight experiences and what to do about them.


American Legend Builds the “Mother of All Cubs.”

The First Liar

Throughout the history of places where pilots gather—be it a hangar, lounge or friendly saloon—one thing has always held true: the old saying that...

Home Away from Home… Thanks Dynon!

One of the hidden treasures in the Reno Air Race pits, tucked in among the Sport Class racers and their pits, is a bite...

In Case You Missed it

Taxes and Shipping Additional

Most homebuilders—and just I’m spit-balling here—have waited a long time to justify the cost of building an airplane.

This Puddle We Play In

You are a rare person, participating in a unique hobby. You’ve seen the reactions...

Findlay Punch

Hole-making punches, also known as knockout punches, are a quick and easy way to...

Broken Control Cable

Here’s a throttle control cable that has separated from the housing. It is very...