Casualties of the Storm


With due consideration to the folks who had actual damage to their airplanes form Saturday Night’s storm, probably the most common casualty were to the hundreds (if not  thousands…) of prop cards that blew away, were shredded, or simply dissolved in the wind and rain. As we took a walk from Homebuilder’s Headquarters through the homebuilt parking and on to camping, we picked up fragments of pulp that used to identify airplanes and their owners. All were carefully deposited in the crash because that’s what EAA members do.

The kind folks at HBHQ told us that they will gladly replace destroyed cards, and were placing an emergency order with the EAA print shop to restock their dwindling supply.

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Paul Dye
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.


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