Aviator, Flight and Spaceflight

Instructor, 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 and an FAA Advanced Ground 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 blogs, 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 G3/600, and a RV-12.

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Recent Posts

The Flight Blog:

Problems with teaching aerodynamics to pilots or STEM students have been systemic for years; from my perspective it started with a high school physics teacher’s group that started pushing for “Newton only” educational approaches. It’s not that you can’t get there (i.e., from a “Newton only” approach) but that approach is more appropriate for an engineering audience than for the general public. It also illustrates a lack of understanding about the reciprocal nature of the flow field or that Bernoulli’s equation is derived from the analyzation of properties of a particle in a streamline using Newton’s Second Law...

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The FlightZone:

Added links to "Aerodynamics for Pilots - How Lift is Created and Its Relationship to Angle of Attack", pdf and You Tube versions.

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