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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.

Of Novices, Needles and Numbers

I was at 6000 feet agl when I pulled the stick back with consternation, pushed it left with hesitation and watched snow-covered fields fill...

Pride and Progress

I was caught off guard by the sight of familiar aircraft in the Sonex Aircraft flight center. “How?” you wonder. I’ll explain. I’m often...

Never Buy Meat From A Guy in a Parking Lot

A builder—I’ll call him D. Thomas—told me A Guy told him he needed to modify his fuel system or it wouldn’t work. The basic...

Dreams Take Flight

“Grandpa Kerry, where do unwanted airplane projects come from?” I choked on my ice cream. The grandpa moniker is still as startling to me as...

Weight, For the Right One

Classified ads for flying homebuilts boast of the meticulous workmanship and maintenance. The engine upgrades and professional paint are noted. A string of characters,...

Shop in Comfort

I’ve confessed to building Metal Illness in a space that many, or most, would rate less than ideal. In my defense, my brain’s right...

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...

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Garmins New GTN Series

Paul Bertorelli reviews Garmins long-awaited GTN 650/750 navigators, and finds out how they stack up against the successful GNS 430/530 series.

Star Bird!

Luxury and efficiency join elegantly in this unique blend of twin engines and canard airframe.

Ask the DAR

Using an Experimental for commercial photography, aircraft bill of sale.

Meet the Fokker, U.K. Style

In 1915, Allied pilots called the Eindecker the Scourge. In 2007, three friends in England bought and built Eindecker replica kits, and improved upon the original design. By Geoff Jones.