OBAP Lt. Col Luke Weathers Solo Flight Academy

July 7 - 22, 2024 | Olive Branch, MS

The OBAP Lt. Col Luke Weathers Solo Flight Academy (SFA) is a two-week submersion in aviation training designed to excite and deepen exposure to opportunities in aviation, culminating in an unforgettable solo flight experience.

Tailored and restricted to young adults ages 16 – 19, the academic curriculum establishes the foundation of a productive and successful career in aviation-related professions. While enrolled in the academy, students will receive approximately 40 hours of cursory and condensed ground school detailing federal air regulations, basic meteorology, navigation, basic engine theory, aircraft performance, basic maneuvers, STEM core principles, and the Airman’s Information Manual.

Upon successful completion of the ground school, students will receive at least 10 hours of flight time. Basic flight instructions given by FAA-certified instructors will consist of aircraft familiarization, preflight procedures, taxiing, and parking, straight and level flight, climbs, glides, stalls, slow flight, takeoff and landings, and emergency procedures. Once Federal Aviation requirements are met, the student will be cleared to serve as a “sole manipulator” for the very first time.

The academy is limited to 24 students annually. To participate, students must also obtain an FAA 3rd Class Medical/Student Pilot Certificate from an FAA Medical Examiner and provide proof of U.S. citizenship as required by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

In partnership with the Lt Col Luke Weathers, Jr. Flight Academy, the annual OBAP Solo Flight academies, serves as an invaluable opportunity for aspiring aviation professionals to advance training. Upon completion of the academy, participants receive a certificate and are provided with the opportunity to attend the OBAP's Lt Col Luke Weathers, Jr. Flight Academy or apply newly acquired skills to pursue scholarships available through OBAP to further education and training.


OBAP Solo Flight Academy Location:

Luke Weathers
Flight Academy

11299 Airport Rd,
Olive Branch, MS 38654

Solo Flight Academy Director


Jeff Harrison

SFA Director
UPS - Captain

Application Requirements

Please review this important information before you apply. Have questions? Contact the Solo Flight Academy director at SFA@OBAP.org.

  1. Begin the application below.
  2. Complete the application and upload all required documentation by May 15 at Midnight CT including:
    - Recent school transcript
    - Essay (Briefly describe why you would like to attend our Solo Flight Academy)
    - Letter of recommendation from an OBAP member
  3. Submit a complete application and the non-refundable, $100 application fee by May 15.
  4. Applications will be reviewed by the Solo Flight Academy director and admissions decisions provided by May 25, 2024.
  5. Students must present a negative COVID test within 72 hours of attendance and may be requested to test while on-site during the Academy.

Each accepted applicant will be required to complete the following prior to arrival:

  1. Complete the ground school curriculum (will be provided to accepted students) by June 25.
  2. Provide student medical certificates (AME Class III or higher physical) by July 1
  3. Review IACRA, TSA Endorsement, Pilot Bill of Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (conducted with a Luke Weathers Flight Academy CFI)
  4. Pay the full $3800 participation fee no later than July 1, 2024. The participation fee is non-refundable.

Additional requirements:

Each applicant is responsible for making travel arrangements either to/from the MEM airport or to/from the LWFA (11299 Airport Road  Olive Branch, MS 38654) to attend the Academy.  Details of what to bring, when to meet, daily activities, and a general overview will be provided to accepted students.

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