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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 and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, 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.

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!...

The Scalewings SW-51 Evolves

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Scalewings Aircraft (based in Germany) has ben busy since we got a chance to fly their first production kit aircraft last fall, and they...

In Case You Missed it

Letters

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Confluence Avenue I enjoyed Paul Dyes Free Flight column, A confluence of little...

25th Anniversary: Homebuilts – The Enduring Soul of Innovation

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This month we reflect on the changes we've seen over a quarter century of covering the homebuilt aircraft world; by Cindy Pedersen.

Free Flight

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To fly or not to fly? Often it depends on the weather, which can be uncertain. That’s why it’s good to have IFR clearance, and crucial to have a backup plan.

Wind Tunnel

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The aerodynamics of an airplane sometimes don't cooperate with the pilots desire to roll, and instead produce both yaw and roll. Contributing factors are aileron parasite drag, induced drag between the wings and changes in the roll rate itself;