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Paul Dye

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 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are flight testing 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; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

Sea the World!

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Getting a multi-engine sea rating in the always-entertaining AirCam.

Building the eXenos

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Part 6: Prepping for flight!

Experience for Experience Sake

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I’ll admit it, I like merit badges. I like certificates of achievement. I like the recognition that comes with doing something new and different....

Tune-Up Time

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Like the proverbial frog who doesn’t know that the pot of water is getting warmer, it is easy to adapt to an airplane or...

Always Another Tool

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One of the things I brought back from AirVenture last week was a kit from Flyleds to build two LED landing lights that we’re...

Grandaddy Document

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We’re helping a neighbor friend clean out the hangar of her late husband, and running across all sorts of things that he collected as...

That Looks Familiar

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Quite a few years ago (long before I moved out of Texas), we used to go visit long-time “Ask the DAR” author Mel Asberry...

Escape from Oshkosh

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There comes a time when—no matter how much fun you’re having—you have eaten your limit of brats and cheese curds, and it’s time to...

OSH23 – The REAL Kneeboard Notes

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When I put my occasional musings on the web for KITPLANES, I refer to them as “Kneeboard Notes,” jottings that come to mind as...

Trinkets and Projects from Oshkosh

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Admit it: There’s just no way that you can come back from Oshkosh without something for your airplane, or project, or living room wall!...

In Case You Missed it

Down to Earth

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Getting the spark right. By Amy Laboda.

Kit Stuff

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Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.

The Owner Assisted Interior

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Working with an upholstery expert can save you money and time when designing and installing an interior in an Experimental aircraft. By Mike Manning.

Grease Is the Word

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Consistently use the correct lubricant for your airplane’s various parts, and you will go a long way toward preventing problems.