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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 former member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

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.

Learning Complex Systems Means Knowing How They Work

The importance of understanding your aircrafts avionics systems in terms of form, function and troubleshooting.

In Case You Missed it

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

Sandwich panels, part 4-a simple, accurate method for molding flanged parts.

Pole to Pole!

Around the world over both poles (part 2).

Eliminating Egg-Shaped Holes

Quarter-inch pilot bits in hole saws have a tendency to enlarge the pilot hole...

Down To Earth

Swapping out an engine leads to an even greater question than just finding one that fits: How do you keep it cool? By Amy Laboda.