The Air Up There Podcast

The Air Up There

Curious about aerospace? This podcast is for you! Tune in to hear inspiring stories from professionals in the field. Learn new concepts and more about the FAA's role in keeping our airspace safe. Find out about careers, programs, and organizations that can help you in your journey. We hope this podcast ignites your enthusiasm – because aerospace is for everyone!

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Be ATC: A Fulfilling Career in Air Traffic Control

Season 6, Episode 13
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Be ATC: A Fulfilling Career in Air Traffic Control

Becoming an air traffic controller is a rewarding profession that plays a vital role in ensuring the safety and efficiency of our airspace. If you're curious about the journey to becoming a controller, don't miss this episode featuring the FAA’s Jose Castellanos, a controller at the San Juan tower in Puerto Rico.

Jose shares how he discovered his passion for aviation after being accepted into the FAA's...

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Be ATC: From Admin to Air Traffic Controller

Season 6, Episode 12
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Be ATC: From Admin to Air Traffic Controller

A good mentor can point you in the right direction and a great mentor can change your life. When Bobbie Kahklen started working for the FAA, she never imagined she would end up working in a tower as an air traffic controller. 

Growing up as a member of the Native Alaskan Tlingit tribe, Bobbie persevered through many challenges. Aviation was not something that was talked about in her community and it...

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Career Aspirations at Rising Aviation High

Season 6, Episode 11
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The Air Up There: Career Aspirations at Rising Aviation High

There is power in mentorship! In this special podcast episode, 13-year-old Isabella from Rising Aviation High School and FAA aerospace engineer Karen Perez engage in an insightful discussion about aspirations, mentorship, diversity, and the limitless possibilities in aerospace.

How did we get here? Isabella wrote a letter to us to share what her school does to attract students to various fields in...

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Find Your Place In Space

Season 6, Episode 10
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What if your career not only fulfilled your ambitions but launched them into orbit? That’s what happened to our guest, Rachita Puri, an aerospace engineer in the FAA's Office of Commercial Space Transportation.

In this episode, Rachita shares how a job fair at her university led her to the FAA, where she enjoys a rewarding career ensuring public safety during human space flights, rocket launches and...

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Aerospace Pathways: Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy

Season 6, Episode 9
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The Air Up There: Aerospace Pathways: Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy

From being a first-generation college student to becoming a pilot and certified flight instructor, Zakiya Percy, navigated uncharted territories, propelling herself on an incredible aerospace journey.

In this episode, Zakiya shares what inspired her to become a pilot, and sheds light on the sacrifices and challenges she encountered along the way. She tells the story of how an inquiry to revive an inactive...

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Taking Flight Advancing Hispanic Employment at the FAA

Season 6, Episode 8
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Taking Flight Advancing Hispanic Employment at the FAA

The FAA provides boundless career opportunities within the aviation sector for people of all backgrounds. In this episode, Migdalia Gonzalez, the Hispanic Employment Program Manager in the FAA’s Office of Civil Rights provides insight on the importance of representation and...

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Ready, Set, Drone Racing!

Season 6, Episode 7
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Ready, Set, Drone Racing!

Do you have a need for speed? Then this is the episode for you! Tune in and discover the innovative science behind the Drone Racing League, a high-speed competition that is using first person view flight to create a new era in sports. Chief Operating Officer Ashley Ellefson joins...

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Aerospace Pathways: Hampton University's ATC Program

Season 6, Episode 6
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Aerospace Pathways: Hampton University's ATC Program

In the world of aviation, a diverse crew doesn't just enhance the view; it transforms the entire horizon. Join us on a flight to explore the dynamic world of aviation through the lens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

In this episode, we connect with...

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Airplane Facts With Max

Season 6, Episode 5
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Airplane facts with Max

Did you know that airplanes have two black boxes and they are actually orange? Or that airplanes have closets? Or that one of the tools used to fix an airplane’s auxiliary power unit is referred to as a fishing rod? 

In this episode we’re talking with Max, aka...

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Fly For The Culture

Season 6, Episode 4
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In a world where diversity is taking flight, representation becomes the compass guiding many toward the unexplored skies of possibility. As a young person, there’s power in seeing someone from your own roots engaged in aerospace. It ignites fresh curiosities and can be the gateway...

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