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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.

Terms and Conditions

“Customers are always right except in matters of money.” Those stark-but-telling words were emblazoned on a sign in the break area of a fast-food...

Extra Fuel–What Price Range?

What from our evolutionary past predisposed us to the need for more? Always more. What scarcity did our species experience that threatened our survival...

AeroConversions AeroVee Turns 20

The peoples’ engine still fills a niche.

Dispassionate Pursuits

At the very moment I was on final for Oshkosh’s Runway 9 in pursuit of a tailwheel endorsement, my flight instructor’s son was rising...

Metallic Puce and Other Considerations

Airplane people tend to be drawn to all Machines That Move Us. Cars, motorcycles, boats. (Trains, too, but it’s cumbersome, as an individual, to...

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,...

In Case You Missed it

Quickie Adoption

Building an airplane from an orphaned kit. By Dan Yager.

LED to a Landing

We have come a long way with light emitting diodes. They went from $200...

Confessions of a Blockhead

Gauge blocks are the foundation for pretty much everything. At least everything that has...

The Creative Homebuilder

Make your own specialty wrenches.