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Paul Dye

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 they completed. Currently, they are flight testing a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, 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.

Automotive Plugs in Lycomings

Tips, tricks—and tools.

Love and Hate

Mistakes were made. (And fixed.)

Weep No More

When a fuel-tank repair means crafting your own rivets.

Slack Time – Part 5

Prop Swap!

Slack Time – Part 4

So about welding… I have spent 50 years working on airplanes of all types and materials—from tube and rag to metal plus a bit of...

Parked Props

As anyone who studied for their private pilot exam 50 years ago should know, airplane propellers should be parked horizontally—that's so that when it...

Slack Time – Part 3

Flying airplanes need attention, even when they aren’t flying and especially when the factory issues a new service bulletin! This winter, Van’s Aircraft put...

Conflicting Cues

Many years ago, after a visit to my snowbird parents, I was IFR and climbing to my eastbound altitude of 9000 feet. We all...

Slack Time – Part 2

So about that lathe and how it begat the need to learn welding. A recent addition to our airpark neighborhood is KITPLANES Home Shop...

Slack Time – Part 1

There’s no doubt about it—this has been a strange winter. Here in northern Nevada, we have gotten weather (and snowfall) in the lee of...

In Case You Missed it

Legacy Act

Marc Cook takes a close look at Erik Larson’s Legacy and finds out why Lancair’s rework of its seminal 200-235-320-360 design is as swoon-worthy as its predecessors.

How Skin Condition Affects Aircraft Performance

In the last few editions of Wind Tunnel, we looked at how changes to...

Metal Magic Special: Paul Dye Shop Tour

Join KITPLANES editor at large Paul Dye for a quick tour of his home...

Anodizing and Fatigue Life

Yes, you would like to win an award for best helicopter. Yes, you...