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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, ages 6 - 10, through elementary science clubs and career days. Middle school-aged youth receive broader education and more in-depth exposure through career fairs, community events and opportunities to participate in OBAP’s ACE Academy.

The high school curriculum provides OBAP members who serve as mentors to young adults considering higher education opportunities and available scholarships for careers in aviation. Coined “Boys to Men” and “Girls to Women,” the extracurricular programs seek to provide high school students with decision-making skills, conflict and time management.

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. 

Additionally, OBAP offers complimentary programs including Life Skills, which provide professional and personal training nationwide.

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.

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There is growing concern that the United States is not preparing a sufficient number of students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A large majority of secondary school students fail to reach proficiency in math and science. The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Inc. (OBAP) is determined to reverse this trend via our Project Aerospace Program which encourages and motivates students to pursue careers in STEM-related fields through aviation career education activities, briefings, and presentations throughout the country.

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Meet the Team


Vishal Vithlani

APIS Director
United Airlines - First Officer

Robin Hicks-Robinson

APIS Assistant Director
American Airlines - Flight Service Manager

Doug Lang

APIS Assistant Director
UPS - First Officer

OBAP Regions

Upcoming APIS Events

We are seeking volunteers for the following events. Please email the contact for the event or go to the OBAP volunteer signup form here and choose APIS to be alerted when new APIS events are posted.

If you know of an event that needs to be added to this section, please use the contact form here and choose the APIS department from department drop down.


February 6, 2020
Career Day
Mead Middle School
3500 Lauder Road, Houston, TX 77039
Number of Students: 12,000
Time of Event: 8:00am - 11:15am

April 18, 2020
Career Day
HISD Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center
4400 W. 18th Street, Houston, Texas 77092
Number of Students: 3,000
Time of Event: 10:00am - 1:00pm


February 15, 2020
Detroit Jack and Jill Chapter
Number of Students: 18


March 11, 2020
Aviation High School
Queens, NY
Time of Event: 8:00am
Contact: Kevaughn Hammond

April 6 - 10, 2020
Hampton University Aviation Career & Safety Week
100 E Queens Blvd., Hampton, VA 23668
Time of Event: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Number of Students: 45
Contact: Joe Hayes

First Week of February - 1 Day
Marietta High School Black History Month
Marietta High School
1171 Whitlock Avenue, Marietta, GA 30064
Time: 10:45am - 1:00pm

February 1, 2020
Black Homeschoolers of Central Florida, Inc.
Community EXPO 2020
1067 West Seagate Drive Deltona, Florida 32725
Time of Event: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Contact: Anya Kearns

February 3 - 7, 2020
Atlanta Public Schools College and Career Week
Location: TBD
Time: TBD

February 20, 2020
Career Day
Glades Middle School
16700 SW 48th Court Miramar, Fl 33027
Time 9:30am - 11:30am
Number of students: 300

March 15, 2020
College and Career Fair
Campbell High School
5265 Ward St Smyrna, Ga 30080
Time: TBD
Number of students: 600

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