My name is Ethan Foley. I’m a student, a pilot, a Maker, a builder, a radio controlled pilot, and above all, a tinkerer.
My roots in designing and building go back as far as I can remember to when I would steal my mom’s screwdriver to take apart my toy airplanes and see how they worked. However, I couldn’t quite figure out how to put them back together until much later. From there, I was frequently found quickly jotting down sketches in the middle of class of radio controlled airplanes and boats I planned on building out of spare parts after school. Since then, my interest in aviation, designing, and building have grown immensely, especially with the support of my family and friends. In March of 2015, I flew an actual airplane solo around the Sterling Airport (3B3). Even more astounding, I landed an airplane! I’ve racked up over one hundred hours of flying that are filled with interesting stories and important lessons since then. I’ve completed three years in the Makerspace program at high school, and some of my bigger projects from that class are displayed on this website. In my garage, much to the dismay of my parents, lies an assortment of spruce wood, clamps, nails, and blueprints that is slowly starting to take the shape of a real airplane. More specifically, I’m building a Pietenpol Air Camper from a copy of the original plans that were drawn up in 1933!
Right now I’m wrapping up my first year at Bridgewater State University where I’ve been pursuing a BS Aviation Science. I plan on transferring to Quinsigamond Community College for the first 2018 summer semester where I plan on changing gears and following my interest for Aerospace Engineering!