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Asian Pacific Islander Spotlight: Ravi Singh

Name: Ravi Singh
Involvement at Flight Path: Board Member
Current Company/Title: PBS Engineers, Vice President- Growth & Development

What brought you to volunteer/join the Board at Flight Path Museum LAX?

The opportunity to shed light on the rich history of commercial aviation in Southern California right here at the door step to one of the busiest airports in the world? Why not? It’s a chance to help bring industry leaders, aviation enthusiasts, and young minds who may be the future of this industry together in one place to share in the excitement of where we’ve been, where we are, and where we are headed in this evolving industry.

What excites you about the Aviation industry?

Everything. To look back on the history of how we got to where we are today and to see the innovation continue is amazing. Advanced Air Mobility, electric aircraft, the infrastructure necessary to make it all happen, the design of airports to enhance passenger experience. We are witnessing a great change in the future of aviation. This industry continues to blow my mind away with how it welcomes innovative ideas to help change the way we travel for the better.

As a member of the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, what does that mean to you?

I couldn’t be prouder but also it makes me feel like I am carrying a lot of weight. I feel responsible to lay the path for others that look like me or come from a similar background to feel like they have a place in the future of this industry and lead change. It wasn’t an easy path for me being a minority in this industry and I want to make sure I am there to help others feel they belong.

What challenges, if any, have you faced in your career in the aviation industry given your Asian heritage?

In an industry where they aren’t a large amount of minorities especially in the earlier days I got involved, it was tough and overwhelming to walk into a room being the only Indian or brown person among a group of predominantly white men. I had to convince myself I belonged there and felt like I had to prove myself more than others and maybe not be myself and act a certain way to be accepted.

Did you have any mentors, or did you look to others in the industry to help you navigate through these challenges?

Yes. Absolutely. Men and women of different backgrounds: caucasian, black, brown, etc. People at different levels of leadership, people who inspired me and encouraged me that it’s better to speak up and embrace being different regarding my background. Lean into it like others before me have and I might even encourage others to do the same. I also built up a circle of close friends in the industry that acted as a sounding board to help me through challenges.

What advice would you give the next generation looking to enter the aviation industry?

There’s so much I could cover. Ask questions, be curious, be involved, talk to people in different positions and roles. Don’t worry about not knowing all the answers. Don’t be down if you don’t get it right the first time, be willing to learn and evolve over time. One door closing may lead to another opening. Keep moving forward and help others along the way.

Get to know Ravi

 Co-Host of the No U-Turn Podcast which focuses on individuals making an impact in the Aviation and Transportation industries! 
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Current Board Chair for the LAX Coastal Chamber of Commerce:
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