Kitplanes Editor in Chief and Former NASA Flight Director to Speak at EAA Museum

Paul Dye, NASA flight director

Before Paul Dye signed on as the Editor in Chief of Kitplanes Magazine, he was longest-tenured flight director in NASA history.

As part of the EAA Aviation Museum's Aviation Adventure Speaker Series, Paul will be presenting about his career and aviation experiences on Thursday, April 19. His entire life has revolved around flight - from building and flying models in grade school, rebuilding old Cubs and earning a pilot certificate at 17, to a degree in aeronautical engineering and a distinguished career at NASA. And if that was not enough, 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. Continue reading "Kitplanes Editor in Chief and Former NASA Flight Director to Speak at EAA Museum"

Mojave Experiemental Fly-In 2018

The 6th Annual Mojave Experimental Fly-In (MEFI)--a two day event at the Mojave Air & Spaceport in Mojave, CA is this weekend, April 20-21, 2018. Fly-in or walk-in, all airplanes welcome. Bring the kids!

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Postcards from Sun 'n Fun

Lockwood Drifter
Lockwood Drifter

As the show draws to a close, we too are concluding our coverage of Sun 'n Fun 2018 with a set of snapshots photographer Mariano Rosales took while roaming the grounds.

In upcoming issues of Kitplanes Magazine we will have detailed articles about the planes we flew, products we tested, and the interesting people we met. Our intrepid reporters will ply the grounds of Oshkosh in July, so if there is something you'd like us to cover there, let us know in the comments below.

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Anderson Van's RV-4

Darrell Anderson Van's RV-4

After on-and-off construction started in November, 1991, N144DV took to the air on July 4, 2016. (Yes, that's 25 years into a 3-year project!)

A little over a year later, with only 50 hours on the Hobbs, I flew it from Montana to Oshkosh AirVenture 2017. I was honored to be awarded a Bronze Lindy in the Kit-Built category. Continue reading "Anderson Van's RV-4"

Postcards from Sun 'n Fun

Photographer Mariano Rosales snapped these photos at the 2018 Sun 'n Fun Fly-in. There are so many cool things to see in the exhibitors' booths.

Broadcasting Outer Module from Levil
The Broadcasting Outer Module (BOM) from Levil  is an independent inertial measurement unit that provides a source of altitude, GPS position, and flight telementry wirelessly to iOS and Android tablets. It its powered by an on-board battery that is charged with a turbine mounted to the rear of the unit.

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Lancair Mako Turbo arrives at Sun 'n Fun 2018

Lancair Mako on approach
Lancair Mako on approach

Lancair's newest high-performance composite aircraft arrived in Florida this week for the annual Sun N Fun exhibition. Adding an intercooled twin-turbo Lycoming TIO-540 powerplant to the capable 4-place airframe results in a cruise speed increase of some 30 knots or more. Featuring the lowest drag, longest range and highest useful load in its class, the MAKO may be seen on display in Lancair's Sun N Fun booth #MD-23. Continue reading "Lancair Mako Turbo arrives at Sun 'n Fun 2018"