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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.

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...

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 -...

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...

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...

Military Oxygen

Want to look and sound like a fighter jock?

Build, Maintain, Inspect

One of the big reasons that people build their own airplane is the flexibility afforded by the FAA when it comes to maintenance and...

Spirit of Flight

Every year the Society of Experimental Test Pilots present the Spirit of Flight Award in recognition of outstanding work in the field of homebuilt...

They’re Only Slightly Off

You’d think that an organization as large as the EAA could reliably count something like conventions, so we have been slightly amused over the...

In Case You Missed it

Aero ‘lectrics

So-lar, its been good to know you.

Aero ‘lectrics

When you land your airplane at a fly-in, you want it to look its best while staying safely and securely parked. Making your own coordinated tiedowns, chocks and more is one way to do that.

More Than a Science Project

The folks at Sonex have been busy with recent first flights of both their battery-powered E-Flyer and the single-place, folding-wing Onex.

Wind Tunnel

The author discusses the theory and effect of constant-speed propellers on piston-engine airplane performance, and compares fixed-pitch versus constant-speed props, effect on thrust HP and propulsion, the comprises involved in choosing a prop, how props perform in various conditions and phases of flight, how variable-pitch props work, and why a constant-speed prop is the best choice for high-performance aircraft.