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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.

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.

Learning Complex Systems Means Knowing How They Work

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The importance of understanding your aircrafts avionics systems in terms of form, function and troubleshooting.

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Electric Airplane Fundamentals

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Light Stuff

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Identity crisis-whats in a name? By Roy Beisswenger.

Safety Is No Accident: Van’s RV series

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It’s been a couple of years since we looked at how homebuilts generally fared in the accident statistics vis-à-vis certified aircraft. This time around we’ll look at the safety records of specific homebuilt designs, starting with the Van’s RV.

What’s New

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Beyerdnamic offers a new headset, two new Cub kits are approved by FAA, and the portable AvMap is updated.