Nisha Odedra was recently interviewed by TheCelebrity.Online Magazine and below is the Q&A session we had with her.
Nisha Odedra As Cover Story – October 2023 Edition
How do you introduce yourself?
I’m Nisha Odedra, a passionate aviation enthusiast and a trained aerospace engineer. Armed with both B.E. and M.Sc. degrees in Aerospace Engineering, my career journey embodies the essence of grit. Today, I proudly wear the hat of an entrepreneur, serving as the founder and guardian of Maple Air Charter. Our mission extends far beyond individual accomplishments; it’s a collective dedication to excellence. We go to great lengths to surpass industry standards and consistently exceed the expectations of our discerning clientele. Grit fuels our every endeavor, propelling us to reach uncharted horizons within the aviation industry.
Childhood to Adulthood – How was your transition from childhood to adulthood and what are the bad and good things you remember?
My life’s journey, from a carefree childhood in Porbandar, Gujarat, to adulthood, has been like a flight through diverse experiences. I started as a versatile and sports-loving child, achieving the title of Sports Person of the Year three times in a row during my high school days. At just 17, I became a guide, coaching a girls’ basketball team, and I was awarded as the best singer during my high school years amongst 2,000 students.
Although, my fascination with the universe changed my course, much like a flight path adjustment. This transformation brought challenges and opportunities, ultimately shaping me into the aerospace enthusiast I am today. Throughout this journey, I’ve been a jack of all trades, exploring various interests and skills, much like a pilot navigating through different terrains.
A pivotal moment emerged from a straightforward query at the age of 16: Why does a paper ball travel farther than a flat sheet? This question not only set the course for my journey but also shaped me into the aerospace maverick I’ve become today.
Struggle – What hardships have you gone through in life?
In my journey through life, I’ve encountered a series of formidable challenges that have tested my resilience and determination. One of the most significant struggles was the transition from my academic background in Aerospace Engineering to a career in sales and entrepreneurship. Instead of pursuing the traditional MBA path, I took a leap into the uncertain world of startups. This decision raised many eyebrows, and I was met with skepticism from those who couldn’t fathom the connection between aerospace engineering and sales. This transition demanded a Herculean effort to bridge the gap between my technical expertise and the art of salesmanship.
Perhaps my most demanding trial was the constant stream of rejections and the skepticism I faced along this unconventional career path. The journey was marked by sleepless nights and moments of profound self-doubt. Balancing my engineering knowledge with the demands of entrepreneurship required a steep learning curve, and there were numerous instances where I questioned the wisdom of my choice.
Adding to the complexity of my journey, I confronted a new set of hurdles related to immigration and cultural adjustment when I decided to switch countries in pursuit of my entrepreneurial dreams. Navigating the intricacies of immigration and adapting to a foreign culture presented additional layers of difficulty. However, these struggles became my crucible for growth and transformation, culminating in my role as the Founder and CEO of Maple Air Charter. My story is a testament to the power of perseverance, continuous learning, and the ability to turn adversity into opportunity.
What do people usually not know about you?
People might not be aware that, in addition to my aerospace passion, I’ve lived in nine cities across three continents— North America, Western Europe, and South Asia, absorbing the essence of each place. My pursuit extends beyond running a successful business; it’s about wholeheartedly embracing the diverse experiences life offers and engaging in enriching exchanges with the remarkable individuals I’ve had the privilege to meet along the way. This journey has allowed me to cultivate a unique blend of interpersonal skills and technical prowess, a combination that has greatly enriched my life and career.
What sets you apart from your competitors in the industry and in life?
What sets me apart in both my industry and in my life is my unquenchable thirst for knowledge and an unyielding dedication to continuous improvement. I firmly believe in pushing the boundaries of what’s possible, whether that’s in the world of aviation or in my personal endeavors.
This relentless pursuit propels Maple Air Charter’s steadfast commitment to establishing industry standards for excellence and innovation, ensuring every private charter experience is truly exceptional. We’re not merely a private charter service provider; we’re at the forefront of revolutionizing the industry through the seamless integration of cutting-edge technology and a customer-driven approach to excellence.
What are your upcoming major events?
At Maple Air Charter, we’re gearing up for some exciting developments in the near future. While I can’t reveal all the details just yet, I can share that we’re actively planning our expansion and the introduction of new and innovative services to enhance our offerings for our discerning clientele. These upcoming events represent significant milestones in our journey, and we’re eagerly preparing to share more information as these plans progress.
What are your food preferences and physical attributes?
My approach to food reflects a commitment to a healthy lifestyle, complemented by my chef husband’s expertise. I prefer a balanced diet focusing on protein and healthy fats, with a mindful approach to carbohydrates, as they don’t always agree with my body. This dietary choice supports my overall well-being and energy levels.
In terms of physical attributes, I value staying active and maintaining fitness as (a) part of a holistic approach to health and well-being. This balance of mind and body is crucial in delivering excellence in everything I do.
Your love life, relationships, and family?
In my journey, two exceptional men have played pivotal roles: my younger brother and my husband. My brother’s consistent dedication and ongoing support have been invaluable, particularly in our company’s growth. Meanwhile, my husband’s pro-life approach has empowered me to excel in my career while maintaining a harmonious personal life.
What expert advice would you like to give?
I passionately endorse embracing change and welcoming the unknown with open arms. Life is an extraordinary journey, and often, the most unexpected paths lead to remarkable destinations. While planning is crucial, it’s equally vital to acknowledge the value of adaptability. Keep questioning, keep exploring, and never shy away from pushing the boundaries of what you consider possible. It’s through this fearless pursuit of the unknown and a readiness to adapt that we unlock the extraordinary potential within ourselves.
Your social media handles and website links?
For the latest updates and to connect with Maple Air Charter, I invite you to visit our official website at
You can also engage with us on various social media platforms under
including LinkedIn, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We welcome you to join us on this exciting journey, explore our services, and become a part of the Maple Air Charter community.