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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.

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...

The Perfect Getaway

It had all the makings of a great caper movie - two guys opening a hangar in the dark with a surreptitiously obtained key,...

Nose(Gear) Job

If you find yourself at AirVenture, wandering around the Van’s Aircraft booth, make sure to take a look at the fuselage they have tucked...

Thinning The Herd

Walking the AirVenture grounds of Wittman Field on Friday afternoon, it was apparent that the departure process of homebuilts has begun - and in...

The Letter

You’ve spent many hours lost in your workshop and brought your homebuilt to fruition. You spent many enjoyable hours testing it in Phase 1....

Following the Sun

Dale Fanning knows that the mid-afternoon sun can be brutal in Oshkosh Wisconsin in the summertime, especially when you find yourself out in the...

It’s Da Bom!

Levil Aviation’s BOM puts pitot-static, AHRS, GPS, ADS-B In, and its own power source right under your wing.

So That’s How You Do It!

Quick tip for those with small airplanes that have no tie-down rings (and here at Oshkosh, we proved last weekend that EVERYTHING needs to...

Masked Men

Why are these two men from The Airplane Factory wearing masks? Because they were on their way to AirVenture in a Sling TSi... at...

In Case You Missed it

Odds and Observations

In a distant land, from which Vikings sailed and some of my forefathers sprang,...

The New Guy

Ten riveting tips. By David Boeshaar.

FRED to Florida

After more than 50 years, Eric Cluttons original prototype is still flying. By Geoff Jones.

Editor’s Log

Wither the washer?