In this interview, FAA aerospace engineer Kathleen Arrigotti tells us how Star Trek inspired her career in engineering, and how there are many paths to achieve a dream job in aerospace.

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Kathleen Arrigotti with husband Jack Burgess in the February Seattle snowstorm. (Photo provided by Kathleen Arrigotti)

What initially interested you in the aerospace field?

What are some fun things you’ve gotten to work on because of being an engineer at the FAA?


In this interview, FAA aerospace engineer Andrew Sit recounts how he got involved in the aviation field and how the FAA keeps up with new technology.

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Andrew Sit in Glacier National Park. (Photo provided by Andrew Sit)

What initially interested you in the aerospace field? What was your first aerospace engineering experience?


What’s on the horizon for commercial space transportation

Ticket to Space podcast cover art displays a rocket launch.
Ticket to Space podcast cover art displays a rocket launch.

The safety inspector in the FAA’s Commercial Space Transportation Division answers questions about this fascinating new career and how he got involved in aerospace engineering.

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What do you do for the FAA as an aerospace engineer and safety inspector?


Some of the most legendary names in aviation are also civil rights pioneers, daring to soar above prejudice on the ground by breaking barriers in the sky.

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Tuskegee Airmen gathered at a U.S. base after a mission in the Mediterranean theater.

1. The Tuskegee Airmen were part of “the Tuskegee experience.”


FAA air traffic facilities are working with airlines to ensure priority airspace access for flights carrying COVID-19 vaccines.

An Alaska Airlines 737–990ER landing at Portland International Airport, Ore.
An Alaska Airlines 737–990ER landing at Portland International Airport, Ore.

Delivery by drone demonstrates just how far airmail has come in a century.

Episode cover art; blue graphic shapes surround a picture of a drone carrying a package. The episode title is Drone Package Delivery.
Episode cover art; blue graphic shapes surround a picture of a drone carrying a package. The episode title is Drone Package Delivery.

The FAA’s Functional Genomics team is conducting cutting-edge research to better understand the relationship between fatigue and aviation safety, helping shape a safer future in the skies.

A yawning pilot.
A yawning pilot.


Aviation plays a critical role in the vaccine distribution effort.

Image of vaccine doses labeled Covid-19. Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine to its Destination.
Image of vaccine doses labeled Covid-19. Getting the Covid-19 Vaccine to its Destination.

Listen on FAA.gov/podcasts and Apple Podcasts.


Nearly a century after her tragic death, aviation professionals and aficionados continue to be inspired by Bessie Coleman’s daring and determination.

Bessie Coleman posing with her plane.
Bessie Coleman posing with her plane.

1. Bloom where you’re planted — even when the soil appears unpromising.

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