Aerospace Professionals in School (APIS) introduces youth to the limitless opportunities available through careers in aerospace and aviation beginning at an early age.

APIS curriculum will pique the interest of children, through elementary science clubs and career days, in-depth exposure through career fairs, community events, mentorship programs, and collegiate preparedness events.

This year, APIS will offer both in-person and virtual visit opportunities to continue providing this valuable outreach to students no matter where they may be learning. We invite you and your students to be a part of this exciting week of events to learn more about the opportunities available in aerospace.

APIS prepares aspiring aerospace professionals for fruitful careers. Since 1992, the program has reached over 500,000 people, many of whom hold positions as commercial pilots, aircraft maintenance and flight dispatchers, business managers, and more. 

OBAP furthers its investment in school systems nationwide through strategic partnerships with carriers and corporate entities. In 2013, Wooddale High School in Memphis was outfitted with a National Flight Academy (NFA) Aviation Classroom Experience through contributions from OBAP, TEQGames, and FedEx Express. In early 2015, OBAP and FedEx Express again partnered to donate a Boeing 727 engine to Ben C. Rain High School’s Aviation and Aerospace Academy in Mobile, Alabama.

These established aviation-related facilities and motivated faculty at each school help to further OBAP’s commitment to exposing promising students to opportunities in aerospace.

Aerospace Professionals in Schools Week

APIS Week is a unique way for students of all ages to learn more about the wide array of opportunities in aerospace. During each session, OBAP volunteers representing varying careers in aerospace will educate and inspire the next generation of aerospace professionals followed by an opportunity for questions and answers.

Sign up your student, or register your entire class by selecting one of the many available daily sessions.

In-Person Visits

Schools Districts/Schools Requesting an In-person APIS Speaker: To have an APIS Speaker visit your school as a part of our APIS Week, please complete the following form and include with your request a time slot between 9am and 2pm local time.

APIS Week Speaker Requests will be during the week of Oct 18-22. OBAP will provide an available volunteer professional such as a pilot, air traffic controller, aerospace engineer, etc. to present to your students and share on their aviation/aerospace career. Each session will be 1 hour.

Requests will be considered in the order that they were received, and visits will be assigned based on volunteer availability. If we are unable to provide an in-person speaker, we will notify you and you'll be invited to register for a virtual visit.

Request an in-person visit by October 16.

Virtual Visits

To provide as many opportunities as possible for students to participate, we will host three daily sessions. Each session will include personal career stories from several aerospace professionals, as well as an opportunity for questions and answers. Please select the session that best aligns with your student's schedule. Each session has a maximum registration of 1000 guests, so registration will be first-come, first-served.

Three, one-hour sessions will be hosted every day during APIS Week on the following schedule:

Monday - Friday, October 18-22
Session 1 - 10:30a EST
Session 2 - 12p EST
Session 3 - 1:30p EST

Tuesday and Friday, October 19 and 21
French-speaking APIS Session: 9-10a EST

Wednesday, October 20
Spanish-speaking Session: 9a-10a EST

Request a Virtual APIS Week Visit

Complete the form below to register for a Virtual APIS Week visits. All visits take place via Zoom and capacity is limited. You'll receive the Zoom link for your visit once your registration has been received.


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Volunteer for APIS Week

Influence the next generation of aerospace professionals.

Meet the Team


James Batson

Interim APIS Director
United Airlines - First Officer
Christopher Jones

Chris Jones

APIS Assistant Director
Alaska Airlines - First Officer

Linda Wackerman

APIS Assistant Director
American Airlines - First Officer
Lahou Keita(2)

Lahou Keita

APIS Regional Coordinator
Keitas Systems, Co-Owner and Research & Development Manager

OBAP Regions

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Submit APIS After Action Report

For volunteers that have visited a school, please complete an APIS After Action Report