Signs of the Times


Off to the side of the massive field of homebuilts, you can find a shack that might have well been built by Paul Poberezny himself.

This is the home of the many volunteers whose task is to park the incoming homebuilts throughout the week. You know; the hard-working men and women on scooters and golf carts that help you from the taxiway to a tie down spot. On the side of the building we found two signs that are important to note – especially this time of the week.

I was joking with the Chairman of Homebuilt Parking last week, asking if I could borrow his scooter. His response? “Sure—you can have the bike, but you have to take the hat, the walkie-talkie….and the eight hour shift that goes with them all!”

And finally, we all have an image of the ideal parking spot, and while sometimes, you get exactly what you want, there are other times when the universe decides that you are just going to have to put up with something else. In that case, the volunteers – in a very understanding way – will point you at the small sign that says that they just don’t have the time to listen to something they can do nothing about.

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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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