Starting ‘em Young!


At the Reno Races in September this year, the Sport Class pilots was more than just a place to find and admire race pilots and their planes—it was truly a family affair! And with all the smoke delays this year, the Sport Class Kids decided to create their own course and action, and we’re not sure, but they may have set up some new racing classes as well! “Bomber Class” anyone? And those biplanes look like they came out of Europe at the time of the Great War—they might be a lot slower than that Hornet, but I bet they could do a good job of harassment!

Whoever thought of passing out chalk and toy planes were brilliant! The kids had fun, and the adults enjoyed watching them have fun – and isn’t that what this aviation things is supposed to be about anyway?

Start ‘em young, and they’ll be hooked for life!

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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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