Rain ‘n Fun Style!


Floridians don’t let a little rain stop the fun—we paid a visit way out to Homebuilt Camping today and found about 35 airplanes tied down with the hardy occupants entertaining themselves in the big tent while their personal tents appeared to have survived the spring thunderstorms just fine.

A variety of aircraft types are represented in homebuilt camping, as well as a variety of tents. The puddles add character to the scene.

Quality beachfront camp sites are still available, but there didn’t appear to be too many takers after today’s storms.

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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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