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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.

Kit Confidential—Hardware Kits

I may be guilty of sitting on this story too long. In 2003, on the eve of my employment in the kit-aircraft industry, an...

Shenanigans

”Experimental Two Sierra X-Ray,  Oshkosh Tower, you are clear for touch-and-goes on any runway. Enjoy.” That is one of a handful of ATC communications that...

The Best

What is “the best”? How is that defined, and by whom?

A Brief, Un-Researched History of Cockpit Noise Solutions

There are things from our collective past that leave me gob-smacked. Homes were painted (and tainted) with lead paint. Cigarettes were promoted for their...

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...
video

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...

In Case You Missed it

Letters

Intake Valve Failure"Error Chain" in the September 2016 issue is a great article, with...

Checkpoints

Fly-in gems.

We Shall Be Led Into the Light

In 1850, British physicist Joseph Swan began experimenting with paper coated with carbon in...

Rapid Prototyping and Experimental Design

How to fabricate sandwich panels, part 2.