Let’s be Careful Out There

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Photo: Georgeanna Seager.

We get it folks—its been a long week, you’re tired, and you are ready to put Wittman Field in your mirror and head for home. But PLEASE take your time, don’t rush, and be careful. We don’t have all the details, because we didn’t witness it in person (and EAA generally doesn’t discuss mishaps during the show), but apparently there was a small kerfuffle on the Runway 18 parallel this morning between an RV-4 and an RV-8. The

RV-4 essentially lost its tail when the RV-8 ran over it from behind (so we suspect the RV-8 will need a prop and an engine tear down). Take this as a reminder to slow down, give yourself some distance, be methodical, and look around – we all want everyone to get home safe with no more bent metal!

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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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