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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.

Hate It When I Do That!

First things first - this is in no way Aircraft Spruce’s fault! Nope, this is totally on me - they sent exactly what I...

Out with the Old

Yes,  know that I have written numerous times over the years about being careful about “while I’m in there…” syndrome—starting out on a simple...

The Nut Under the Cam Gear

Anyone that has disassembled and/or built a four-cylinder Lycoming is probably very familiar with a specific nut - the one hiding underneath the cam...

Funny Money

When I was a kid, way back in the 1960s, one of the toughest decisions I had to make was whether to buy a...

Mounting On a Curve

A long time ago, when homebuilders began installing Garmin 430s—the most popular IFR GPS/nav/com of the day—we were mostly left on our own to...

Nutsert Notes

Let me say right up front that I hate nutserts. Also called rivet nuts, threaded inserts or rivnuts. (I’m sure there’s a formal product...

You’ve Done Your Duty

Nothing lasts forever.

A Great Day to Burn Jet A

About the only good thing that you can say about these times of angst and social distancing is that flying a single-seat airplane puts...

In-Flight Weather: Practice for Survival

This was going to get ugly. Crossing southern Louisiana in the middle of the afternoon in late May is never pretty. Today was going to...

The Virtual Fly-In

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures, and in these days of social isolation from COVID-19, aviators who still want to congregate for community support...

In Case You Missed it

Same Fun, Less Fuel

Glasair Aviation leads the way with new Diesel Sportsman 2+2.
light gun signals

Rear Cockpit: Light Gun Signaling

Silent running.

Insurance Update: Experimentals and LSAs

Despite recent economic traumas, the aviation insurance industry has continued to support Experimental and LSA aircraft. The keys for the builder/pilot? Proficiency, training, and availability of parts and service for the airplane.

Around the Patch

A visit to the CubCrafters factory in a rural area of Washington state can get a guy thinking about leaving big city life behind. By Marc Cook.