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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 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 definitions of first flight, and each is memorable in its own way.

Head in the Clouds

Paul Dye extols the sheer joy and mystery of flying in clouds.

Exploring New Territory

Venture out of your comfort zone every so often, because stretching can be fun.

Free Flight

Sometimes those little modifications can add up to big consequences.

Free Flight

Modern avionics, knowledge of the weather, a sturdy airframe and a cell phone make cross-country trips less of a gamble.

Building the RV-3 Aileron Trim

Shocked by the price of servos, Paul Dye decided to fabricate an aileron trim for his RV using compact linear actuators intended for use in radio-controlled models and robotics.

Soul of the Machine

Paul Dye argues that there is more between man and machine than just the hardware.

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.

Into the Coal Sack

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?

In Case You Missed it

Engine Beat

What are your options to get the annual condition inspection done when you're not the original builder of the aircraft? By Steve Ells.

Design Process: Slots and Slats

Opening a properly shaped slot between the lower and upper surface of the wing...

Free Flight

Modern avionics, knowledge of the weather, a sturdy airframe and a cell phone make cross-country trips less of a gamble.

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