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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 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.

Rag Wing Roots

These days, I seem to be associated mostly with metal airplanes, RVs in particular. Just take a look at that byline down there—I have been flying my RV-8 since 2005, the RV-3 was finished late in 2011, and it doesn’t even mention the RV-6 my wife brought to the marriage. (We fly together on trips […]

Turbine Temptation: Building the Airframe

Rule number one for building the SubSonex: Build from the inside out. Rule number two: Never close anything until you have no choice but to do so—you might need to access something on the inside. The SubSonex is small; even experienced builders who come to visit the shop remark at just how diminutive it really […]

Turbine Temptation

Making the decision.

Trying to Fit In

Sometimes, you just see a photo that demands a caption. Or two. Or maybe three… “If I’m really quiet, maybe they wont notice me!” “When I grow up, I want to be really fast, like these guys!” “One of these is not like the others…” The truth is, as usual, much simpler. As the Reno […]

Half Over – All To Go!

Reno Race week is an interesting phenomenon, depending on if you’re a casual spectator, or a die-hard fan (or participant). To the public – or race fans with limited time – the races are a Friday, Saturday, Sunday event. To those who are more deeply involved, the effort began a week ago, with travel to […]

Where The Magic Happens

The Reno Air Races have a lot of great things, but when you talk to those who’ve spent a lot of time watching all sorts of airplanes go around in circles, you’ll find that one of the greatest is the speed and accuracy of the scoring system and the reports that are generated on the […]

Sport Pits—Home Away From Home

The place to be for those enamored with air racing is the pits.

And They’re Racing!

It’s September in Reno, and to aviation buffs, that means one thing - Air Racing!

Hangin’ It Out There

Strolling through the Formula 1 hangar at the Reno Air Races, we came upon Steve Temple’s Heat Stroke with its cowling off, and thought “wow…what an RV builder wouldn’t give for that much room between the back of the engine and the firewall!” Yes, that is a Continental O-200 hanging way out there on that […]

Military Oxygen

Want to look and sound like a fighter jock?

In Case You Missed it

Ask the DAR

Licensing a partially completed project. Does major repair work count as building?

What’s New

Sportys offers cockpit accessories, Patterson Aerosales introduces a new engine from Italy, and the single-place Onex prototype from Sonex flies. Edited by Mary Bernard.

Super Legend Cub

American Legends new Super Legend is almost a clone of the ever-popular Super Cub-the company even used Pipers original drawings for some of the Legends parts. The result: a well-balanced, easy-to-fly airplane, with a kit version to be released in 2013. By Paul Bertorelli.

Engine Beat

There's a lot to know about aircraft oil: what to use, when to use it, when to change it. Steve Ells sheds some light on this essential fluid.