Casualties of the Storm

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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, 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 5000 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.

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