Episode 31 with Mr. Uwe Nitsche

Founder of Rocketroute

17 August 2022

Episode Summary

Join Dr. Adnan Baranbo in the 31st Episode of AVIAPRENEURS talks about Aviation Services Marketplace featuring Founder – Rocketroute, Mr. Uwe Nitsche.


Mr. Uwe Nitsche

An Aviapreneur with more than 35 years of professional experience, the majority of it in the technical and systemization aspects of the aviation industry.

Uwe worked as Information Technology Project Manager for Frankfurt airport and then Consulting Manager for Lufthansa systems network. Uwe also worked in technology-related positions in various technology, software, and marketing companies, until he started his own revolutionary business RocketRoute in 2010, a global flight planning software and marketplace for the services in the aviation industry.

It’s worth mentioning that Uwe was the Chairman of the Computer Based Flight Planning Service Providers Working Group hosted by Euro Control between 2014 and 2019.

Currently, Uwe is the Chief Operating Officer of AFV Partners, the venture capital and private equity firm that invests in long-term mission-critical software and data businesses, the company that’s established by the serial technology entrepreneur and investor Tony Aquila.


Watch this Episode to know Mr. Uwe’s answers to the following questions:


  • RocketRoute started as an online simple use flight planning software, and then grow to become a “one-stop-shop” marketplace that provides pilots with everything to do with trip planning anywhere in the world. Was this the vision from the start of RocketRoute?
  • How did you start RocketRoute? What unfulfilled need did you see in the market that made you venture to set up another flight planning software?
  • How different is RocketRoute from the legacy flight planning providers that are there in the market? Universal Aviation, Jeppessen and PPS?
  •  What’s your experience with this business model in RocketRoute?
  • What’s the reaction of the market? Are operators using RocketRoute to source and purchase services?
  • Having co-founders is a double-edged sword: You didn’t start RocketRoute alone, but you had two co-founders. While having co-founders includes having someone on your side at the start, which is a very hard time in any startup life, besides making the startup more favorable for investment, at the same time, it includes relinquishing part of the equity and having to deal with someone who might not be a good fit. Do you recommend Aviapreneurs have a co-founder?
  • Software and Platforms are eating the world. How the aviation industry is similar to other industries in response to this technological disruption?
  • What’s your experience of raising funds for aviation startups?
  • what advice do you give the Aviapreneurs listening to us today?


All of this and more on the 31st Episode of AVIAPRENEURS!

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