Kitplanes Joins AKIA


AKIA-LogoKitplanes magazine is pleased to announce that we have become the newest member of the Aircraft Kit Industry Association. AKIA was formed in 2012 to represent aircraft kit manufacturers, designers, suppliers and supporters and is dedicated to the promotion and safety of the Aircraft Kit Industry. Kitplanes is proud to join with the leaders of the kit aircraft industry in spreading the word on topics relating to our passion for flying and building experimental aircraft. As Editor in Chief, I am looking forward to working with the members of AKIA as well as our readers – and builders everywhere – to keep our community vibrant and growing so that future generations can enjoy the same level of freedom we have to enjoy our passion of flight.

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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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