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 nearly one hundred hours of flying that are filled with interesting stories and important lessons since then. As a senior in high school, I’ve entered my third year in the Makerspace program, and some of my bigger projects from that class are displayed on this website.
Right now, I’m doing what I’ve always been trying to do: putting my dreams into action. In my garage, much to the dismay of my parents, lies an assortment of spruce wood, clamps, nails, and blueprints that is slowing 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! At school are a variety of electronics and half built radios that I’m working on completing, and in my closet is a remotely operated submarine!
As for the future, I’ll be attending Bridgewater State University next fall to pursue a degree in Aviation Science and continue my passion for aviation as an airline pilot.