Build it Better

Kitplanes - Build it BetterA few years back, before I took over the helm of Kitplanes, I wrote a series of articles that stemmed from a talk I was giving around the country entitled "Lessons from Mission Control." The gist of the material is that we learned many things about flying humans in space in experimental machines in my years (and my predecessors years) in NASA's human spaceflight program, and many of those lessons are directly applicable to what we do in Experimental aviation. Building a bridge and cross-pollinating those lessons can save time, money—and most importantly, lives.

Last year, Kitplanes decided that it would be a good idea to pull those thirteen articles out of the archives and format them as a booklet, all in one place, that could be given out to new subscribers to the magazine. And so "Build it Better" was born—a single source for tips and ideas from the world of aerospace operations that might very well make a difference in how you build and operate your homebuilt aircraft.

The thirty-two-page booklet is available as a bonus for new subscribers at this time, so if you aren’t a subscriber, or are a lapsed subscriber, this is a great time to pick up a little extra information that we hope you can use!

Paul Dye

Paul Dye, Kitplanes® Editor in Chief, 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 a 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 building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor, and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

11 Replies to “Build it Better”

  1. Recent subscribers would like to "Build It Better", too.Is there a way they can have it all in place instead of scouring the archives?

  2. "Build it better" is available for new subscribers. How about a little reward for the loyalty shown by old subscribers - I have been a subscriber
    for about a little thank you! (Also happy to pay for it and postage).

  3. I am a 1 year subscriber and recently bought a flying homebuilt. I would like a copy to help me check out and modify my bird.

  4. I have been a subscriber for years and would like a copy as well. I think you made a mistake by leaving us out.

  5. I'm a thirty year subscriber and I would like a copy of Build it Better for myself. A downloadable PDF would be great!

  6. Hey Everyone,

    No intent on my part to cut our loyal subscribers out of this information! The fact is, all of the articles in "Build it Better" are available in the archives that all subscribers have access to. In order to make searching simpler, we've put them all in one place at this link - .

    We're pulling together the pdf of the finished booklet so that subscribers can download it in a single pdf, but that will take a couple of days. It will also be about 25 Megs, which can choke some systems. In the meantime, you can download the individual articles and read to your heart's content.

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