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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.

Tunnel Vision and Troubleshooting

Confronted with a large task, we often see the whole of it and can’t get started. Cleaning a garage comes to mind. The door...
logbook

Let the Ink Dry

For as long as I can remember, and thankfully that is more than five decades, I’ve read of builders performing an aircraft’s first flight...

Wittman. Field.

AirVenture comes to this place, not from this place.

Booster or Bravado?

A few years back, during AirVenture, a person asked me what vibration testing had been performed on the tail of the Sonex. His jargon-filled...

The Watch List

Is anything more disheartening than dropping a piece of hardware in your airframe and not being able to find it?  Yes. A loose nut...
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A Crowd of One

Kitplanes contributing editor Kerry Fores, a lifelong resident of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, self-populated AirVenture's famous Brown Arch in March while self-isolating. This video is a...

Pilot: The Verb

I pretend to play guitar. To my neighbor’s irritation, I use a real guitar when I pretend, not an air guitar. While learning new...

Murphy’s Law, Occam’s Razor

Ed, an aerospace engineer, and Bill, a 14th Century philosopher, walk into your workshop…and if you’re smart you’ll let them stay and you’ll hear...

The One True Airspeed

True airspeed is coy. It hides behind the more obvious speeds who tart themselves up with a meaningless facade. It’s never overt. It makes...

The Decision to Polish

To quote a friend, “When you paint, the aircraft will never look better than when it leaves the paint shop. When you polish, it...

In Case You Missed it

Second Hand is First Rate

Pitts happens when you have 11 months, talent, friends, spare parts, and a little cash.

Letters

Shocking, Absolutely Shocking I was disappointed on many levels in your editorial...

After the Accident

Okay, you bent your airplane. What happens next?

Van’s RV-14

The latest RV prompted quite a buzz. So what exactly is different about this roomy two-seater—and how does it fly? Taking off from the Van’s factory in Oregon, Paul Dye samples the new design.