The Faces of PSA – Meet Tom Foster

Tom FosterName: Tom Foster

Title: Ground Instructor

How long have you worked for PSA? I started in July of 2012

How long have you been in the airline industry? My first airline job was as an A&P Mechanic in 1978.

What is your favorite aircraft to fly? I really enjoyed the DC-10, for such a big airplane flew really nice and it was light on the controls. I ferried one from Chicago to Japan it was the longest flight I’ve ever flown at 14 hours and 12 minutes. I used to have a Luscombe years ago. It was fun to fly low and slow.

Give us a brief overview of what you do: I teach Basic Indoc, coordinate schedules for the new hire pilots with training events and department speakers while they are in Dayton among other things.

What is one of the biggest challenges of your job? Probably dealing with scheduling & technical issues during the few days before a new class starts till 3 or 4 days after it starts.

How many roles have you had at PSA? Which is your favorite? I have only had one, teaching Basic Indoc. There have been some special projects during that time and I enjoyed working on the Pilot Reference Manual for the 700/900 as well as a study guide for the new hire pilots.

Where’s your favorite place you have traveled? That would have to be Ascension Island. It’s just south of the equator in the Atlantic. It’s one of the most interesting places I’ve been.

Where did you grow up? My Dad was a Flight Engineer so we moved fairly often, but mostly lived out in California. I live in Dayton now, after living in the U.K. for a few years.

What are some of your hobbies? I like doing “Do it yourself” projects around the house.

What do you love about working for PSA? I really enjoy working with the new hire pilots that are new to 121 airline operations.

Why would you recommend PSA? There are a lot of great people here and it’s a great place to start a career.

What did you do before coming to PSA? I was a DC-10 Captain for an airline that flew military and civilian passenger charters worldwide.

What has been the most rewarding part of your job? Seeing the pilots that I met on their first day of Indoc when they return for Captain upgrade.

Did you always want to be involved in aviation? I didn’t decide on a career in aviation until my Dad told me a mechanic was looking for some help fixing up a DC-3 for a new owner. After that, I was hooked.