Educational Brothers!


I ran into these two familiar-looking guys in one of the display buildings at AirVenture, and had to stop and give you a big “thank you” personally. Back a couple of months ago, I was prepping for my A&P exam at a well-known mechanic’s school, and I was both surprised and pleased that most of the videos used in the classroom were short “Hints for Homebuilders” from EAA. Most of these featured brothers Bob and Dick Koehler, showing the techniques and knowledge they have obtained through years of homebuilding and working as mechanics and inspectors.

Fittingly enough, as I was thanking them, I had to add my congratulations–for I wasn’t the only one to express my appreciation today. Dick was coming from the Theater in the Woods, where Jack Pelton had presented him with the Chairman’s Award–well earned, and well-deserved!

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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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