Home Away from Home… Thanks Dynon!


One of the hidden treasures in the Reno Air Race pits, tucked in among the Sport Class racers and their pits, is a bite to with chairs, tables, and snacks. This welcome respite for weary travelers of the Stead pavement is quietly provided each year by Dynon, the makers of many of the glass panels in a lot of the racers. Dynon personnel are involved in direct crew support of several of the Sport, Biplane, and F1 racers, so it is a natural fit for the company to provide a place for folks to sit – out of the sun and/or wind – to take a break, have a bottle of water, and munch on some snacks to keep them going.

Who is invited? Well pretty much anyone who wanders in, the “big tent” theory being that if you’ve made it down in to the pits, you are interested enough in experimental aviation to be one of the crowd. I can’t tell you how many dispatches from Kitplanes authors have been written in the back of this tent over the years – but I can tell you that it is much appreciated!

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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.


  1. Pleasure chatting with you about the sliver of home builders who are in their mid 30s with kids…we will prevail…eventually…during nap time


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