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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 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.

Turbine Temptation: Wiring, Avionics and Plumbing

The systems are simple but space is tight, so plan ahead.

Clean and Simple

There’s an old engineer’s quote that says “Perfection in design comes not when there is nothing left to add, but rather, when there is...

In the Details

I often talk about how complicated failures can be traced back to some tiny, seemingly insignificant detail - and here’s a recent example from...

Turbine Temptation: Power is Life!

The day the beautiful wooden box arrives from the Czech Republic is a day no SubSonex builder will ever forget. I tracked mine through...

Building Means Buying

With winter on the way and all of the current airplanes inspected, maintained, and generally in flying condition, we’re once again finding time to...

I Know Better…

Always design for maintenance.

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...

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...

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...

In Case You Missed it

All About Avionics: EFIS Dreams 2011

The industry holds its own while waiting for the economic recovery to kick in. By Stein Bruch and Marc Cook.

Letters

Tungsten In Eric Stewart's article, "Titans of Tungsten" , he mentioned using tungsten as a...

Checkpoints

Airworthiness prep.

Starduster Too

This Starduster Too is more than just a smart-looking biplane with unique elliptical wings and eye-catching paint. Careful reconstruction and modifications have made it into one sweet-handling ride. By Ed Wischmeyer.