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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.

Free Flight: Embracing New Ideas

Embracing new ideas in avionics and other areas of aviation will allow us to enjoy the benefits and move the industry forward.

Free Flight

Paul Dye discusses the ins and outs of landing at night on a narrow, obscured by trees private runway.

Free Flight

Why do seemingly simple modifications wind up taking so much time to complete?

Free Flight

Do you really need to spend your time coming up with a better solution when the one provided is more than good enough?

Free Flight

Filing IFR gives you the flexibility to take advantage during fluctuating weather conditions rather than being at the mercy of them.

Free Flight

There are many reasons that building your own airplane takes awhile. Columnist Paul Dye details the pitfalls of completing one seemingly simple maintenance task, which brings into focus the bigger picture.

What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

When you're tempted to take shortcuts during a build or repair without asking questions about the ramifications, it may be wise to contemplate the worst-case scenario.

Free Flight

When testing a new avionics component in your homebuilt, you must be prepared to deal with any consequences that may develop.

Free Flight

New columnist Paul Dye makes his debut with a discussion on the importance of understanding your aircrafts avionics systems in terms of form, function and troubleshooting.

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The Home Machinist (Part 11)

In our continuing series, author Bob Fritz explains how to use a boring head to drill odd-size or big holes. Hint 1: The bigger the hole, the slower the going. Hint 2: The traveling rest, which moves with the cutting tool, braces the material in two directions to minimize flexing.

Field Notes on an Installation

What you need to consider before installing Garmins new GTN 650/750 series navigators in your homebuilt.

Garmin’s ADS-B WX

Garmin’s portable ADS-B receiver is a solid performer, but it does have some competition from other devices when it comes to providing traffic and weather information. By Jeff Van West.

Tunnel Vision and Troubleshooting

Confronted with a large task, we often see the whole of it and can’t...