Forward into the future >>>
For over 45 years, OBAP has been a force for change in the aviation and aerospace industries. Our members and supporters are trailblazers, and their impact has created pathways to success for generations to come. Today, our mission is sure: creating opportunities through exposure, leadership and mentorship, but we can't do it without you. Join us as we move forward into a future of new horizons.
OBAP changes lives by creating pathways to success through educating youth, communities, and professionals—shaping an aerospace industry as diverse as the people we serve.
OBAP mission statement.
Founded in 1976,
the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers.
The organization quickly
became a prominent advocate and thought leader for improving conditions industry-wide. OBAP's early leadership helped to increase available pilot positions and opportunities for blacks and elevated the civil rights issue to a higher priority for government officials nationwide.
to change lives by creating pathways to success through educating youth, communities, and professionals—shaping an aerospace industry as diverse as the people we serve.
Members of the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals are part of a network of current and aspiring aerospace professionals dedicated to continuing the organization’s 45-year legacy of influence in aerospace. OBAP stands as a leader in the aerospace community, providing programming to equip future aerospace professionals, and forging partnerships to ensure access and diversity in aerospace for decades to come.
2021 was a year of thinking differently about the future we envision. With members in mind, we continue leading the way to a more equitable, thriving industry.
As we move forward into the future, our aim remains steadfast. We will continue to serve our members by providing professional advancement and career enhancement opportunities, and serve as a voice in our industry to advocate on their behalf. We will help to enrich their experience by focusing on the value of volunteerism.
Just as our founders believed over 40 years ago, we know that an OBAP membership is the path to lifelong learning, networking and career advancement, as well as a commitment to support the next generation of aerospace professionals.
With OBAP, the sky’s the limit!
Our dreams-to-careers commitment is our driving force in developing a more diverse and inclusive aerospace industry for the future.
Founded in 1976, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the education and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers.
OBAP’s Project Aerospace offers annual opportunities to inform and prepare aspiring aerospace professionals for their future careers. This dream-to-career commitment includes initial exposure to the industry through in-school career day events, immersive summer programs, flight training academies and professional development opportunities held nationwide.
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Dreams TAKE FLIGHT at LWFA.
Through the establishment of the Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy, OBAP is excited to provide a facility that offers life-changing training for students from Memphis area schools and beyond who possess a desire to fly.
Lieutenant Colonel Luke Weathers Jr. was the first African American air traffic controller for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) based at the Memphis International Airport (MEM). On June 25, 1945 Lt. Col. Weathers also became the first African American to receive the key to the City of Memphis declaring the day "Luke Weathers, Jr. Day."
To honor his contributions to aviation & aerospace, the Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy (LWFA) has been established at the Olive Branch Airport, just a short drive from his Memphis home. The Flight Academy offers FAR 141 and 61 Flight Training, JET Transition Training, mentoring, and more.
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Flying makes me feel liberated. I feel free. Even during my first flight it felt like I was doing what I was meant to do all along.
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