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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

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

Letters

What's in a Name?I just opened my September issue of KITPLANES® and found a...

What’s New

This months listing covers a new entry to the LSA market, the Explorer, a how-to TIG welding DVD, a free avionics guide from AEA, news about updated software and a new display from Anywhere Map, introduction of a three-cylinder diesel engine, and a sun visor for the popular Vans series of homebuilt aircraft; edited by Mary Bernard.

Aircraft Handling: Making the Compromises Work

Doug Rozendaal brings his considerable experience to a discussion of flight handling characteristics and his favorite aircraft. Among the factors designers consider are stability, control response, feel, personal preferences, FAA requirements, stick force, center of gravity, center of pressure, and the flight envelope. Every design is a compromise.

Kit Stuff

Drawing on experience; by cartoonist Robrucha.