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

Spinner Bulkheads – Getting the Spacing Right

If you have ever needed to change props or spinners on your completed homebuilt, you have probably sweated out the clearance between the rear...

Overhauling Your Own Lycoming

Get friendly with the UPS driver who knows his way to Tulsa.

I Spent How Much? Oh… OK…

I just placed an order with our favorite major aircraft parts vendor for some tires. Small, little tires. A couple of tailwheel pneumatic tires...

The Little Things Can Get Ya’…

When I was a teenager, I was a member of an Aviation Explorer Post that was sponsored by an FBO. We got to spend...

Following the DIY Approach to Engine Overhaul, One Step at a...

Following the DIY approach to engine overhaul, one step at a time.

Clocks & Timers

Recently, a friend who owns both a certified airplane and a homebuilt asked my advice on what to do about the timer mounted in...

The Big Bearhawk

Bearhawk 5: more room, more horsepower…more everything.

Whirl Wind 300

Three blades at the speed of two!

Where Do I Hook This Now?

Making safety wire tabs for Lycomings.

A Matter of Survival

If your aircraft turns in to a smoldering pile of ash and your gear happens to be in the baggage compartment, well…what you’ve got is what you’ve got.

In Case You Missed it

Cut the Can, Man

Inspecting your filter after an oil change is a good idea, but what tool is best for opening the can? Bob Fritz tests the gamut of oil filter cutters so that you don't have to.

Insurance for Homebuilts: Planning 101

Choosing the right model for your skill level and one that’s well-supported is the first step in dealing with a hardened insurance climate.

Editor’s Log

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Best Practices – Fastener Safety

Cotter pins, safety wire, lock washers, and thread lockers.