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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.

Building the RV-3 Aileron Trim

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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

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

Free Flight: Embracing New Ideas

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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

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Paul Dye discusses the ins and outs of landing at night on a narrow, obscured by trees private runway.

Free Flight

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Why do seemingly simple modifications wind up taking so much time to complete?

Reinventing the Wheel

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Do you really need to spend your time coming up with a better solution when the one provided is more than good enough?

Free Flight

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Filing IFR gives you the flexibility to take advantage during fluctuating weather conditions rather than being at the mercy of them.

Free Flight

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There are many reasons that building your own airplane takes awhile. Columnist Paul Dye details the pitfalls of completing one seemingly simple maintenance task, which brings into focus the bigger picture.

What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

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When you're tempted to take shortcuts during a build or repair without asking questions about the ramifications, it may be wise to contemplate the worst-case scenario.

Free Flight

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When testing a new avionics component in your homebuilt, you must be prepared to deal with any consequences that may develop.

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Texas Sport Cub

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The Texas Sport Cub’s combination of classic good looks and today’s technology will appeal to those who are looking to rekindle an old flame or those hoping to initiate a new love affair; by Marc Cook.

Letters

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Waiex Review Rebuttal We are writing to express our disappointment in the Waiex. Y...

Metal Magic: Dimpling and Countersinking

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Before you can start driving countersunk rivets, you need to know how to dimple or countersink aluminum.