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Kerry Fores

Kerry Fores
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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.

The Best

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

A Brief, Un-Researched History of Cockpit Noise Solutions

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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

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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

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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.

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AirVenture comes to this place, not from this place.

Booster or Bravado?

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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

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

A Crowd of One

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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

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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

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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...

In Case You Missed it

The 2-Mile Decision

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For those of you who read my column last month on keeping the fires...

Metal Workshop Setup

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KITPLANES Magazine, March 2003 Every great homebuilt starts with a comfortable and efficient workshop.By...

Letters

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Zenith Super DutyAs usual, congrats for a bang-up job on the cover story on...

Experimotive

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You know those engine vendors you usually see at the big annual air shows? Where do they go when they disappear? Detective Rick Lindstrom is on the case.