Things Heating Up at Reno


We’re not going to identify which airplane these plugs came out of, but when you’re pushing the edge of what an air-cooled engine can do, it occasionally can cost some money… and parts! Careful tuning and tweaking is what the early part of the week is about, and it is not uncommon for folks to teeter on the edge of mechanical possibility now and again. Fortunately, the engine these came out of is living to fight another day, and qualified just fine for the field—with new plug, of course.

Now let’s go racing!

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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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