Foster is the 17-year-old Maryland pilot who departed on a flight from his home state to California on Aug. 23. Flying a 1975 Super Cub that he helped to restore, he was considerably wet behind the ears–he’d taken his checkride the previous Thursday. But, according to Childs Walkers’ blog for the Baltimore Sun, Nate made out just fine, and I was glad to read that he sought out the advice of more experienced pilots all along his route.
As a parent, whenever I come across young people like Nate, my heart is always in my throat at the thought of what they’re about to attempt. As a pilot, I’m proud when their pioneering spirits see them safely through to the other side.