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Paul Dye

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 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

Out with the Old, In with the New

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Upgrading from Slick magnetos to P-MAGS

Boots on the Ground

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Paul Dye talks about meeting old friends and making new friends at air shows and fly-ins, and introduces several new columnists who will be regular contributors to KITPLANES.

Dynon ships new Comm Radio, Intercom, and Skyview software 6.0

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Dynon has released three new products that were announced at Sun 'n Fun in April: a COM radio, Intercom, and SkyView firmware 6.0 with...

Seeing in the Dark

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Grand Rapids Technologies FLIR provides an extra margin of safety for night ops.

Editor’s Log

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With so many different types of Experimental/kit aircraft available, Paul Dye explains how KITPLANES tries to include something of interest for everyone.

What’s New: Garmin’s Bold Experimental Push

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New equipment from Garmin’s Team X is tailored to the experimental builder’s budget.

Free Flight

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Which way do you lean? Techniques for improving performance by using the mixture control.

Editor’s Log

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Paul Dye explains how it was possible for him to become editor-in-chief of KITPLANES before he actually left his old job at NASA and what you can expect to see in KITPLANES in the near future.

What’s New

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AeroLEDs introduces new landing/recognition lights, Wicks Aircraft offers a comprehensive assortment of O-rings. Edited

Free Flight

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When developing a strategy for a flight, it’s important to know the limitations of XM weather, NEXRAD radar, moving maps and other tools.

In Case You Missed it

Aero ‘lectrics

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Jim Weir describes some close encounters with power regulators of the plastic and metal-can kind.

How to Calibrate Angle-of-Attack on Garmin’s G3X Touch System

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For pilots who fly with modern electronic flight instruments, having access to accurate, repeatable...

Scratch Build a Kit?

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I want to present a strategy and method to get a few more prospective...

The Creative Homebuilder

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Phenolic-based bulkhead fitting.