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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.

Pilot Not In Command

An audible sigh and an acceptable landing punctuated the end of a stuttering cross-country. It punctuated it on a Wednesday, however, not the previous...

The Art of Putzing About

Ahhh, putzing about. Is there anything more satisfying? Of course there is. Thousands of things, I’m sure. But like an ointment on an itch,...

Tail First

“Where did you get this?” my mom demanded, shaking a thick brown envelope at me. One that had been hidden under my mattress. I...

No One Is Watching

For better or worse, kit manufacturers are under no FAA oversight. There are no independent engineering reviews. No mandatory wing loading or landing-gear drop...

A Cautionary Tail

One Monday morning I opened an email from the second owner of a Onex. It was sent at 8:12 p.m. on Saturday. An attached...

Executing the Execution

Airplanes are born of time and tedium. Mostly tedium. A harsh statement, yet a true one. There’s just no way around deburring the thousands...

Hand Tools: Modified, Made and Improvised

Merriam-Webster defines a tool as “A self-absorbed male prone to wearing a necklace”…wrong one…here it is: “A handheld device that aids in accomplishing a...

Fit and Trim

A first flight reveals truths that only air moving over an aircraft’s surfaces can reveal. Will the engine cool properly? Will the cockpit fill...

Keeping a Battery Current

“With an anxiety that almost amounted to agony, I collected the instruments of life around me, that I might infuse a spark of being...

One Week Wonder—That’s a Wrap!

With one second remaining on the clock, the Sonex One Week Wonder was still one hour from having a functioning nervous system. Deadlines. Who...

In Case You Missed It


Courtesy Light QuestionI just read your courtesy light article . Great stuff! That's what...

Two-axis Electric Trim Controller for Under $50

This homebuilt two-axis electric trim controller has all the functions of the fanciest commercial units, yet it costs less than $50 for the parts.

Shop Upgrades

Part 2: Keep it clean and organized.

Cable Classroom

Most homebuilt aircraft use control cables, so it's helpful to understand how to select, install and maintain them.