The Best of Views!


Let’s face it – pilots have a view of the world that few others get to enjoy. Sure, you can see Crater Lake from an airliner’s window (if the cockpit crew points it out), but how about seeing it up close and personal as a benefit of flying a cross-country? Three weeks ago I flew over this area, and it was covered with smoke – today, it was clear and wonderful – the bubble canopy of my RV-8 giving me a god’s-eye view of the magnificent landscape that we are fortunate to have in the western United States.


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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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