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Kerry Fores

Kerry Fores
Kerry Fores was born and raised in Oshkosh, WI and was interested in homebuilding by age 12. Between 1998 and 2003 he scratchbuilt and polished a Sonex, which he named Metal Illness. Kerry logged nearly 500 hours in Metal Illness and was awarded Plans Built Champion at AirVenture 2006. Kerry is retired from a 21-year career at Sonex Aircraft, most of it dedicated to supporting builders. Kerry is on the web at thelifeofdanger.com.

Stewarding the Stewart 51

There are two objects whose every feature are so well known, almost wired into our DNA, that their likenesses cannot be estimated in reproduction, they must be...

Doubt: A Cautionary Tail

Doubt. It's part of human nature and it loves visiting itself upon homebuilders. We doubt ourselves and the plans. We convince ourselves we don't know...

Getting Repair Help

It happens every year. A landing mishap renders an airplane stranded. A flat tire renders an airplane immoveable. A dead battery renders one a...

Lightening the Arion Lightning and Builder Assist for All

It's not often a kit manufacturer keeps a significant upgrade to one of their products quiet, but Arion Aircraft has. When I met with Nick...

Early Bird Jenny – Gen 2

Timber Tiger Aircraft, who made the classic shape of the Ryan ST accessible to the homebuilding world, has reached farther back in time to make...

Sonex Celebrates 25 Years with 19th Homecoming Open House

Sonex LLC held its 19th open house on Sunday, July 23rd at their multi-hangar campus on the east side of Oshkosh’s Wittman Regional Airport....

VW Type I Engine Cases – Change is In the Air

Production of the venerable VW "Beetle" engine case quietly ended in mid-2022 and, over the next 9 months, the worldwide supply of new cases...

Homebuilts at AirVenture: All The Wright Stuff

Growing up in Oshkosh certainly exposed me to the world of aviation. When the convention landed in KOSH in 1970, I was six-years old....


I wrote this in April to meet a May deadline for this September issue of KITPLANES®, which came out before AirVenture in July. I...

Bill Brennand Lied to Me

You’d be forgiven if you don’t recognize the name. Bill Brennand went quietly about his life yet a life so full it warrants a...

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Aero ‘lectrics

Author Jim Weir explains his preparation for the installation of an energy-efficient power system for a hangar or building shed-all on a shoestring budget. He explains how to choose equipment, calculate power needs, the right light fixtures, power generation, equipment suppliers and prices, and the basic legality of such systems;

Wind Tunnel

Trike masts.

Electric Dreams

Pipistrel’s gift to general aviation.


Three common discrepancies.