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Kerry Fores

Kerry Fores
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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.

The Usual Suspect, Part 2: Missing Power

The dark interior of a hangar comes into focus as an announcer says, “Building Time Theater presents, ‘The Usual Suspect, Part Two: The Missing Power.’” It’s a bright, warm morning. The first in months for a landscape that has finally kicked off a grey blanket of snow. Two men become silhouettes against the morning’s diffused […]
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The Misfire

The Usual Suspect, Part 1.
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The Most Reliable Engine

What is the most common cause of engine failure? It could be you!

Weigh and Balance Each Addition

Weigh and balance each addition.
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What You Don’t Need to Know Can Hurt You

Building an airplane should be mostly fun, sometimes challenging, and infinitely rewarding, but confidence killers lurk everywhere. For instance, peruse metal-forming websites and textbooks and you’ll encounter the terms K-factor, neutral axis, bend deduction, flat-blank calculation, and mold point. You’ll also be exposed to the equation for developed width—an equation whose mere appearance on this […]
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Odds and Observations

In a distant land, from which Vikings sailed and some of my forefathers sprang, three aircraft owners gathered and stared at a broken bolt...

How Long Will it Take to Build?

Answers to homebuildings most difficult question.
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Floating Nut Plates

The floating nut plate. It sounds like it should come with an allergy warning, but this is KITPLANES, not Pinterest, so we are discussing fasteners that allow components to be installed and removed with a single tool, not a trending party snack. Like a normal nut, nut plates (or anchor nuts) have a threaded hole […]
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Take Your Time Taking Delivery

There are identifiable times when flying becomes more dangerous. One that plays out in the homebuilt community is a new owner taking possession of...

Screws Care, So Should You

A drill bit is not an heirloom. But if you have your grandpa's cigar box of drill bits, treat them as such and don't...