Racing Costs Money


No, it’s not a blown-up Merlin on a Mustang being frantically changed by a team of twelve guys in the Unlimited pits. But for a guy racing his “daily driver” in the Sport Class, swallowing a valve can make for some lost time and a bit of coin. Fortunately problems like this early in the week can be dealt with so long as you have a friend willing to drive a new angle valve Lycoming cylinder in from Visalia (CA) overnight. Lycoming cylinders are rare as hen’s teeth right now, but hey—when the races are on, folks are willing to dig in to their secret stash to help a guy out.

This plane (identity withheld) will be back in qualifying trim by the end of Tuesday!

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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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