Friday, September 30, 2011

Hanson band member turned aviation activist to speak at WMU

by Jeanne Baron
Sept. 29, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Ravi, pilot and guitarist.KALAMAZOO--Ravi, an accomplished pilot and former guitarist for the 1990s band Hanson, will present a guest lecture for Western Michigan University students from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in Room 1720 of the Chemistry Building.
A frequent motivational speaker, Ravi is known in aviation circles as "The Raviator." During his WMU talk on "Rejuvenating Aviation From the Ground Up," he will provide his unique perspective on the aviation industry as well as discuss the challenges he has encountered in his efforts to bring renewed passion to the aviation industry.
All WMU students are welcome to attend the talk, which is being sponsored by the College of Aviation.
Ravi combines his love of flying and music to help change the perception that aviation is in decline and to inspire pilots and other aviation professionals to re-connect with their dream of being part of the aviation industry. He tours the world lecturing on crucial issues facing the aviation and music industries, performing original songs, and conducting music clinics.
Born in Washington, D.C., Ravi is a member of the Nehru-Gandhi family, India's political family dynasty. His businessman father partnered with Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan to form an airline, but Ravi chose to begin his professional life as a musician.
He shot to worldwide fame at a young age as Hanson's guitarist, performing in front of thousands of fans as well as at the White House and on TV shows such as "Saturday Night Live," "David Lettermen" and "Jay Leno" before appearing as a solo artist.
For more information about Ravi's talk, contact Tom Thinnes, recruitment and outreach manager in the WMU College of Aviation, at or (269) 964-5768. Visit for more information about Ravi.

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