No U-Turn

No U-Turn

Discussions related to the future of transportation, technology, and our society.


March 7, 2023 59 min

Join us this week for an episode of updates! This week the three of us discuss:

-The infamous balloon recently shot down (and some other balloons),
-Events and panels we have been and will be involved in,
-AeroX, a nonprofit dedicated to furthering the AAM industry,
-Organizations that are making important strides in improving minority inclusivity in aviation,
-The eVTOL and AAM current market,
-future plans for No U-Turn,
-Ravi’s snowboa...

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This week Ravi and Chris are dropping into your feed with a short episode to check in and bring you some updates! They discuss:

-Chris’ recent trip to Hawaii and the aviation issues conference he attended while there,
-The Southwest Airlines fiasco,
-The recent nationwide ground stop issued by the FAA,
-The advancement, or lack there of, in the AAM industry,
-The challenges of building Vertiports,
-Collaborations between HBCUs and the FA...

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This week we are joined by Matthew Land, Public Policy & Government Relations at Eve Air Mobility.  We discuss:

-The World Cup,
-Matthew’s story and background,
-How he practically became a lobbyist overnight,
-What he does as a lobbyist for Advanced Air Mobility,
-How his real estate background has helped him as a lobbyist,
-How he collaborates with others to advance policy for AAM,
-Some things that he feels Aviation needs to work o...

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This week we are joined by Naveed Iqbal, CEO of Dolr, a platform created to help students pay off college loans. Join us this week as we discuss:

-Current news,
-What it was like to grow up in Tanzania,
-His doctorate and the importance of wisely choosing mentors,
-His dissertation on Chaos theory,
-The importance of students knowing the options out there to make college more affordable,
-How Dolr works,
-How the pandemic affected the cos...

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November 23, 2022 51 min

Hello listeners! We are sure you are getting just as excited as us for some Thanksgiving turkey! This week we decided to drop an episode in your feed of just us to get you all caught up on aviation news and happenings.  This week we discuss:

-Twitter and how Elon has stepped into the role of CEO,
-Archer’s new “Midnight” AAM model,
-Efforts, or lack of, to create diversity in the AAM space, the lack of diverse talent in the AAM space,...

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This week we are joined by Charlie Kowalczyk, Domestic Sales & Operations Manager at AtlasIED.  We discuss:

-Current Aviation news including Kittyhawk, Wisk,and the AAM Bill,
-The many things Charlie does as it pertains to the airport and the public, specifically their announcement technology called “Look Hear” (,
-TSA requirements for announcements,
-The importance of having well trained staff and...

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This week we are joined by Diana Siegel, Chief Financial Officer at Electra. We discuss:

-Her many travels and how she began her career in Advanced Air Mobility,
-How she projects eVTOLS and eSTOLS into the airspace,
-The infrastructure footprint for her aircraft at Electra,
-How her childhood experiences drove her fascination with aviation,
-Challenges she has faced in her career and how she overcame them, 
-The ways she feels she has m...

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We had to upload a new episode due to a technical error with the previous one. If you downloaded the last Ep. 31, please enjoy this one instead!

This week we are joined by power couple Purnima Thakre and Zach Braiker, COO AND CEO of Refine and Focus. Join us as we discuss:

- The importance of community to them and in their business,
- Both of their backgrounds and how they entered the innovation industry,
- The importance of flexibilit...

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August 11, 2022 93 min

Hello listeners! We’re back after summer, travel, and some technical difficulties kept us away. Have no fear! We are back and ready to release more episodes! For our return, we interviewed Darnell Wagstaffe, Senior Vice President, FAA Programs, Parsons Corporation. You’ll understand why he is a favorite of so many after listening to this episode!

This episode we discuss:
-His unique background,
-His experience at Georgetown prep in hi...

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May 20, 2022 85 min

This week we have the privilege of interviewing one of our own, Chris Fernando!  Join us this week as we discuss:

-Recent aviation news,
-Chris and Basil’s recent trip to Ohio,
-How Chris’s family background in aviation influenced his interest in the aviation world,
-A few reasons he decided not to be a pilot,
-What it was like for him to move to America,
-Where Chris went to school,
-Some of his jobs after school,
-A personal circumstance...

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April 23, 2022 61 min

This episode we have the priveledge of interviewing Dawn Zoldi, the CEO of P3 Tech Consulting. In this episode we discuss:

-how Dawn got into the aviation industry,
-her time in the Air Force and what it’s like to be a JAG (Judge Advocate General Core), 
-how she started her own company, P3 Tech, and what it’s all about,
-how she tracks metrics of disparity when it comes to race and gender within the aviation world,
-a co-located event ...

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March 29, 2022 109 min

Join us this week as we interview Greg Dyer, Aviation and Airspace Services Director at Jviation.  We discuss:

-current news such as the war in Ukraine and drone usage there, 
-the market shortage of pilots,
-national women’s day,
-how Greg decided to enter the aviation industry,
-his career at the FAA and now at Jviation,
-how Greg and Chris met,
-how his FAA experience has helped shape his view of the industry, how it’s run, and how he ...

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Join us this episode as we interview Miquel Ros, International Journalist and Consultant. Miquel is a consultant and writer. Founder of the, a site and podcast about the aviation industry with a strong focus on innovation and sustainability. He is also a regular contributor to several major international media outlets, writing about aviation and travel for the likes of CNN and The Points Guy.  In this episode we discuss...

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February 11, 2022 56 min

This week we switch it up a bit and bring to you an episode of just us. Join us as we get caught up on recent aviation news including: 

-AeroX updates,
-A route to becoming a drone pilot,
-The future of the aviation world,
-The issues with widespread 5G,
-Boeing’s 450 million dollar investment into Wisk Aero and why they have been in the news lately,
-Amazon’s aircraft advancements,
-The frustrations that accompany getting aircraft certif...

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January 20, 2022 88 min

Join us this week as we kick off 2022 interviewing Amy Imamura, Director of Community Relations at Los Angeles World Airports. We discuss:

-Being Hapa Haole
-How Amy’s parents sparked her interest in Aviation,
-Her unique background and path toward aviation,
-Her 5-mile radius and how she has witnessed LA’s transformation firsthand,
-Making an impact in her role at LAX
-The importance of the customer service experience while at an airpor...

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Join us this week as we interview (for the second time- more on that later) Fin Bonset, Director of Aviation Services at VHB.  During the interview we discuss:

-How Fin entered the aviation industry,
-His many travels growing up,
-What he studied and his jobs after college,
-His advice for students who are looking for their first job,
-Why he started his own company and what it was,
-Why sustainability starts with the individual,
-The imp...

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November 23, 2021 74 min

Join us this week as we interview our guest, Hana Creger, the Senior Program Manager of Climate Equity at The Greenlining Institute.  In this episode we discuss:

-Her background and the documentary that sparked her interest in climate change,
-How she entered the transportation industry as it pertains to climate change,
-The barriers to electric vehicles for the masses,
-What The Greenlining Institute is and what it does,
-How the pande...

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Join us this week as we interview our guest, Api Appulingam, the Deputy Director of Aviation Capital Development at the City of Philadelphia's Division of Aviation. This episode we discuss:

-Recent industry news to kick things off
-Api’s journey to her current role 
-How she entered the aviation industry
-Her move from Malaysia to the US 
-The impact she is making in advancing women in aviation,
-Challenges she had to navigate and ov...

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Join us this week as we interview Ramone Hemphill, Senior Systems Engineer at Collins Aerospace and Founder of The 99th Squadron.  This week we:

- Discuss where Ramone’s aviation interest started and his journey since,
- The importance of kids understanding what jobs really entail,
- How Ramone is involved in helping to educate kids on becoming a pilot,
- Ramone’s many influences that helped get him to where he is today,
- His founding ...

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Join us this week on the No U-Turn Podcast as we:

  • Interview Ernest Huffman and how he entered the aviation industry,
  • the importance of building a network, asking for help when you’re young, and that not knowing things does not mean you’re failing,
  • how Ernest’s background and challenges have helped him secure and thrive in his current role,
  • what his current role as the program manager for aviation planning and education for the North Ce...
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