Programs & Partnerships

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.


Project Aerospace reaches more than 100,000 youth and young adults each year.

Aerospace Professionals In Schools introduces students to the limitless opportunities available in the aerospace and aerospace industries through school visits, STEM events and career fairs led by OBAP members and industry professionals.
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ACE Academies are week-long summer programs designed to expose middle and high school students to the history of aviation, fundamentals of aerodynamics, and the wide range of aerospace careers. ACE Academies are offered in more than 30 locations across the U.S. Learn more

Explore Aerospace helps students deepen their knowledge of space and space technologies, aviation, and aerospace through a virtual STEM-based curriculum. Over the course of 12 weeks, students will learn from industry professionals about principles of flight, aerodynamics, and aerospace careers, meet guest speakers, go on virtual tours, and more! Learn more.

Girls LAUNCH provides girls and women of all ages with interactive experiences and intimate conversations with female aerospace professionals to boost interest in the unlimited opportunities in aerospace at a young age. Learn more.

LWFA - The Lt. Col. Luke Weathers, Jr. Flight Academy provides life-changing exposure and education opportunities. Learn more.
OBAP’s Solo Flight Academy provides an affordable, two-week training program for young adults ages 16-19, culminating in an unforgettable solo flight experience. Learn more.

Youth Development Program (YDP) exists to enrich the lives of students through one-on-one guidance through life, education, and career preparation. We will build healthy relationships to accomplish the mission through consistent conversations on success-oriented strategies and face-to-face and/or school visits. Learn more.

This Ascension Project provides participants access to a vast network of peers and professionals, as well as opportunities to develop professionally in six skill competency areas; Effective Communication, Leadership and Coordination, Financial Responsibility, Community Engagement, Industry Awareness, and OBAP History and Future. Learn more

Scholarships, made available through partnerships with key carriers and aerospace-related businesses, allow award recipients to advance or pursue diverse aerospace-related careers. Learn more

Aerospace Professional Development Program supplies critical career enhancement including mentoring, scholarships and job placement as a benefit to all OBAP members. Learn more



Each year, OBAP implements vital programs to create awareness, inspire and propel aerospace careers nationwide.