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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 6000 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.

When Good Electrons Go Bad

When wiring up a homebuilt aircraft, it pays to ask: What do I want to protect myself from?

Build It Better: Where’s Your Margin?

How can you give yourself that margin of safety that you hope you'll never need?

Anatomy of a Modification

Paul Dye takes readers through a rework of his RV-3's fuel system to illustrate why some mods are a sound choice.

Simplicity

Countless modifications for homebuilts are available, but does that mean they're right for our projects? Paul Dye discusses the value of keeping things simple.

A Tale of Two Kits

What a difference a few years make. Paul Dye discusses the evolution of kits, using the two he built (Van’s RV-8 and RV-3) as examples.

Build It Better: When 1+1 Does Not Equal 2

Paul Dye explains how to achieve unlike (or dissimilar) redundancy on the various systems in your homebuilt.

Free Flight

Acknowledging risk and taking steps to minimize it are safer than denying that it exists.

RV-1 Flies Again

After nearly a year of restoration work by countless volunteers, the first "reflight" of the VanGrunsven RV-1, N5827N, occurred on February 19, 2012 from...

Free Flight

Perfection is unattainable for most builders, yet it is what many strive for. Paul Dye posits that sometimes “good enough” may be just what you need to finally get out of the shop and into flying.

Build It Better: What’s Your Backup Plan?

The word “redundancy” is often heard in aviation, and with good reason. But a well-thought-out backup plan involves more than just having two of everything.

In Case You Missed it

The Garage Mahal

If the RV-7 turns out half as well as the workshop in which it is being built, itll be a winner. By Matt Johnson.

Power In a Box

Self-contained digital power distribution systems make for simplified installations and circuit health monitoring.

Unairworthy

Missing labels.

Tapping Heads

The tapping head has a lot to commend it for the home machinist who is trying to add efficiency and consistency to tapping tasks.