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Kerry Fores

Kerry Fores grew up jumping the airport fence in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He wanted to build an airplane in 10th-grade woodshop but was asked to choose a smaller project. In 1998, unconstrained by teachers, Kerry scratch built a Sonex he polished and named Metal Illness. It was awarded Plans Built Champion at AirVenture 2006. Kerry is on the web at thelifeofdanger.com.

Vendor Bonding Day

For those of you who leave AirVenture before the final Sunday, and that is 97% of you, you may not be aware that the...

The Sonerai Turns 50

John Monnett, President of Sonex Aircraft LLC, unknowingly launched his homebuilding career fifty years ago at the 1971 EAA Aviation Convention and Fly-in in...

Navel Gazing From an Oshkosh Townie

“Oh! You’re from Oshkosh?” It’s a common comment I hear when AirVenture attendees ask me where I’m from. It’s not a strictly accurate comment,...

Your Head, Your Heart, Your Hands and the Truth

Three chords and the truth. That’s how songwriter Harlan Howard, who, with Hank Cochran, penned “I Fall to Pieces,” described country music. I got...

Wittman. Field. Video.

If it was strange for you to stay home, it was equally strange to be nearly the only person there.

Pack Your Spotted Cow and Go

I heard Jester’s coarse voice and felt the impact of each syllable, “You. Nev-er. Leave. Your wingman.” I’m foreshadowing the past, though, so let...

Defining “Done”

“Kerry, you know your airplane could be flying in two weeks.” That observation, offered by someone qualified to make the assessment, caught me off...

Know (You May Be) the Limit

I was in a bad place. I knew the flight might not end well before I took off from the taxiway of an Air...

Help! You Need Somebody

This topic came to me in a dream, probably triggered by a New Year’s Eve chili-and-pumpkin pie-eating binge. Still, it’s rooted in reality, and...

Kit Confidential—Hardware Kits

I may be guilty of sitting on this story too long. In 2003, on the eve of my employment in the kit-aircraft industry, an...

In Case You Missed it

What’s The Worst That Could Happen?

When you're tempted to take shortcuts during a build or repair without asking questions about the ramifications, it may be wise to contemplate the worst-case scenario.
rv-14 aileron

Design Process: Roll Control

The primary function of the wing is to generate lift, but it must also incorporate control surfaces to control the airplane in roll.


There's a new anti-icing option for high-end Experimental/Amateur-Builts. Its called Therm-X. By Jack Cowell.

Aero ‘lectrics

Jim Weir lays the groundwork for a DIY LED rotating beacon project.