Andy Foster

by Andy Foster on April 7, 2017

SAFE #: S0001996

Website: http://www.theandyzone.com

Hometown: Friendswood TX, United States

Home Airport: KLVJ

Occupation: engineer (safety analyst for JSC Flight Safety Office)

Education: Bachelor Aerospace Engineering 77 Auburn

Pilot Certificates: Commercial/Instrument ASEL; CFI-S

Airplanes Flying/Flown: Flight Design CTSW, Remos GX (have flown 25 other types including warbirds and jet)

Educational Specialty: anything aerospace

Q & A

What drew you to aviation?: A love of anything that flew in the air or in space; watching TV shows about carrier aviation; and growing up in the age of Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo.

How long have you been involved in aviation education?: Too long to count. I have always loved teaching and aviation, so putting them together is natural to me.

What's your favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Seeing someone "get it" and "take off" on their own. I didn't know i could really get into this for a long time, so my goal is to always let others know they can, too, no matter what their background or what others think.

What's your least favorite part of what you do in aviation education?: Seeing people stop before they get their ratings.

Do you have a memorable aviation experience you'd like to share?: See my blogs at http://www.theandyzone.com/flightblog/. A lot of them are there….

What would you like to see change in aviation?: While the cost of LSA's hasn't come down where we hoped (and where it's needed), GA..and aerospace education efforts…still largely discount Light Sport as a pipeline to get folks involved. Once folks get in the air on their own, they are more likely to stay engaged, yet most programs doggedly take students to solo and then dump them off when they could get them to a Light Sport rating with only a bit more effort.

Any suggestions on how the above might be accomplished?: The big obstacles to this are attitudes toward Light Sport, the FAA dragging its tail on getting the rules out that let CFI-S instruction count toward PP, and the too limited numbers of LSA's out there to rent. The first is fixable with a tweak to thinking, the ssecond is almost fixed but needs attention for follow-through, and the third is a problem the LSA industry has created by doing too many LSA's to high-tech and high-cost.

Any accomplishments in, or noteworthy contributions to aviation and/or aviation education you'd like to mention?: Still here after all these years.

Who are your role models in aviation?: Neil Armstrong and lots of folks who were good teachers for me.

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