Following the Sun


Dale Fanning knows that the mid-afternoon sun can be brutal in Oshkosh Wisconsin in the summertime, especially when you find yourself out in the middle of a big grassy field with no trees.

Fortunately, he is experienced enough to bring a large, portable, and self-propelled sunshade along with him so that he can enjoy reading his email without sun in his eyes. He did note that it’s easier to move his chair with the advancing hours than it is to move the sunshade itself – but when he is finished enjoying his time outdoors, the shade can whisk him home in short order.

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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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