OBAP Responds to Unfounded Claims Questioning the Qualifications of Black Commercial Pilots

We write this letter representing the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP), a distinguished institution with a rich history spanning nearly 50 years in advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion within the aviation industry. We represent the thousands of members: pilots, flight attendants, engineers, aircraft maintenance technicians, and other aerospace professionals, who worked tirelessly to earn the skills and obtain the training and education to prepare them to be valuable, qualified members of the aviation and aerospace industry. And, we represent the immeasurable number of aspiring professionals actively striving toward a dream career. Recent comments questioning the qualifications of Black commercial pilots have compelled us to address these baseless claims with a resolute commitment to truth, merit, and the principles that underpin our profession.

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