Pilot, Backpacker, Writer

This is the personal website of Andy Foster.

I am a FAA Commercially-rated pilot with an instrument rating, ASEL; a Light Sport Flight Instructor; a Manned Spaceflight Safey Engineer; an ex-Astronaut Trainer, ex-F-14 Radar Intercept Officer (RIO); a backpacker whose been on two Mountain Lion research projects; and a Writer of technical articles, workbooks, and science fiction.

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The FlightZone

This zone covers Light Sport and General Aviation flight, ggod practices and refernces, pictures I took while a VF-51 F-14 RIO, and information about the VF-51 Tomcat Project.

The CougarZone

Experiences and pictures from my days volunteering on a Mountain Lion research team. Opinions and information about Mountain Lion conservation efforts.

The ComputerZone

Topics mainly convering Mac OS X and Apple computers with Windows, PC's, and anything else about computers thrown in.

The OpinionZone

Op-ed pieces and a blog about anything that affects my life or strikes my fancy. If you are a reader of faint heart, don't go there.

The WritingZone

About being a writer, a sharing of some of my work and links to good organizations or references.

Welcome to The AndyZone

I hope you the material presented here and on my You Tube channel will prove to be both enjoyable and educational. All material used in this website is copyrighted by William A. (Andy) Foster and is not to be reproduced or distrbuted without permission

Aerospace Educator/Speaker

I enjoy teaching and talking about rocketry and aerodynamics, general aviation, light sport, aviation safety, manned spaceflight, and my experiences in the F14.

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Light Sport Flight Instructor


I have flown and instructed in a Flight Design CTSW(above), a Remos GX, and a RV-12.

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Recent Posts

The Flight Blog:

My wife, my dog, and I often sit out at our airport in the car and eat a fast-food supper in the evening; and when we do, we often have a handheld radio tuned to the traffic frequency (i.e., CTAF = Common Traffic Advisory Frequency) to listen to the "going's on". You never know what you're going to see or hear sitting out there, and I recently noticed a spate of pilots performing touch and go's while calling they were "upwind" on the climb out. In all my years of flying, I had not noticed that becoming a problem before, so I decided to go look into why it might be happening. Obviously, the pilot had never paid attention to the traffic pattern diagrams or terminology used in the Airman's Information Manual (AIM) and, worse, somebody may have trained them to say that.

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The FlightZone:

Updated downloadable copy of Light Sport Pilot Sample Exam, and Light Sport Pilot Certification Requirements

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