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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.


December 7, 2019
Gifted Network for African American Students and Families: Access to 21st Century Career Options
Access, Equity and Acceleration: Los Angeles Unified School District
Palms Middle School 10860 Woodbine St, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Number of Students: 60 (two groups of 30)
Time of Event: 8:30 am - 1:00pm


December 7, 2019
100 Black Men
100 Black Men Aviation Day
Lone Star Flight Museum
Number of Students: 30
Time of Event: 8:00am - 3:00pm

December 7, 2019
STEM Festival
Harmony School of Ingenuity
10555 Stella Link Road, Houston, TX 77025
Time of Event: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Number of Students: 509

December 12, 2019
YES Prep Southeast Career Fair
353 Crenshaw Road Houston, TX 77034
Number of Students: 150
Time of Event: 2:00pm - 5:30pm


December 19, 2019
Air Force Academy High School 3rd Annual Aviation Career Fair
Air Force Academy High School
3630 S. Wells Chicago, IL 60609
Time of Event: 8:30am
Number of Students: 500

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


December 17, 2019
Young Men's Leadership Academy
13 Wagaraw Blvd., Prospect Park, NJ 07508
Number of Students: 53
Time of Event: TBD
Volunteer Sign-up link:


Flexible Dates until December 22, 2019
AOPA Classroom Visit
Early College & Career Center
Early College & Career Center 200 University Dr, Elizabethtown, KY 42701
Number of Students: 60
Time of Event: TBD

December 4, 2019
The Department of Aviation and the Hartsfield-Jackson Airport Community
ATL Presents: Toyland
Delta Flight Museum, 1060 Delta Blvd. Atlanta, GA 30354
Time: 9:00a-12p

December 6 & 7, 2019

May Wayne Messam’s 3rd Annual Aviation Expo
The Ampitheater at Miramar Regional Park, 16801 Miramar Parkway, Miramar, FL 33027
Time: 9:00a-3p

December 11, 2019
Life After High School Event
Campbell Middle School
3295 Atlanta Rd SE Smyrna, Ga 30080
Time: 8:45a-12p
Number of Students: 300

December 12, 2019
Marietta High School
1171 Whitlock Ave SW, Marietta, GA 30064
Time: 1:00p-3:30p

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