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Tuesday morning at AirVenture 2017, and the field is full--for certified aircraft! The good news--EAA's goal (so far always achieved) is that show planes (homebuilts, vintage craft, and warbirds) will never be turned away. The numbers for homebuilts have not reached the records they did last year, so if you are thinking of coming in your experimental there should be a place for you!

We took an offer to go flying in the brand new Zenith CH750 Super Duty--a beefy airplane with a big motor and excellent manners this morning, and here is what Wittman field looked like about 0900 this morning. The airspace is only moderately busy, but the grounds are a beehive of activity. And a bonus--the weather is spectacular!

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 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.

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