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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.

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.

Finding the Source

While on a routine technical counselor consultation, Paul Dye discovered hidden treasure: Richard VanGrunsven’s original RV-1. He details a bit about its history and preparations for its planned tour this summer.

Understanding Your Risks

Paul Dye discusses risk management, and how you can decrease the chances of having an aviation mishap.

Free Flight

Paul Dye visits the hallowed halls of flight and reflects on the bond that exists between aviators past and present.

Build It Better: The Choices We Make

Paul Dye debuts his new series on the myriad considerations that go into building and flying Experimental aircraft.

Free Flight

Expecting your avionics software to be free of bugs is unrealistic, but there is a way to avoid being bitten.

Free Flight

The words "test pilot" conjure images of steely-eyed derring-do, but the reality is often a world away from all that.

Free Flight

Thousands of hours of flight time in a pilots logbook are no guarantee of superior skill-or superior judgment.

Free Flight

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

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Design Process: Flaps

Flaps change the geometry of the wing to allow the pilot to change the...

Light Stuff

Motivated by an irresistible bargain and at least a modicum of nostalgia, author Dave Martin recaptures a piece of his earlier flying years when he purchases a twin-engine Lazair ultralight in partnership with two buddies. The Lazair is an unusual design to say the least, and Martin hasnt forgotten how to fly it, so both of his partners will benefit from his experience.

Go Around

I just returned from my annual airline recurrent AQP, or Advanced Qualification Program, training....