Founded in 1976, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers.

OBAP members encourage diversity in the industry by supporting aspiring aviation professionals through mentoring, scholarships, training and youth-focused education programs through Project Aerospace.


Announcing the 2018 OBAP Fall Scholarship Winners


In 2018 OBAP, with the support of corporate and individual donors, awarded $179,000 in scholarships to 38 diverse award recipients, including nine last fall! These broad-based scholarships, ranging from maintenance and engineering to flight training, offer aspiring aviators and professionals looking to advance their careers just the support they need.

Patricia Pratt, an 18-year flight attendant with United Airlines, has aspirations to become a pilot and recent scholarship awards have catapulted her in the direction of her dreams this year. In the 2018 OBAP Scholarship Highlight Video Patricia shares, "It lets me know that I have a solid support system that is helping me transition from the back of the aircraft to the other side of the flight deck door and I'm excited!"

See all 2018 OBAP Scholarship Winners here.


The robust membership of more than 3,000 professionals internationally includes astronauts, commercial pilots, military aviators, maintenance technicians, flight instructors, air traffic controllers, flight attendants, students and more!

Collectively, we seek to promote increased diversity in aerospace and aviation industries through training, mentoring and scholarships, while honoring the achievements of pioneers in aviation through the OBAP Hall of FameFor more information on the types of membership opportunities available to you, please click here. 

Through the establishment of the Lt. Col. Luke Weathers Jr. Flight Academy, OBAP is excited to provide a new facility that offers life-changing training for students from Memphis area schools and beyond who possess a desire to fly.  To learn more CLICK HERE!

4th Annual Arnold J. Tolbert Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament

Come out and celebrate the life and legacy of Captain Arnold J.Tolbert. Cap was committed to ensuring that students in South Florida would have the financial support needed to pursue Aviation and STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) related careers. The South Florida Chapter of OBAP through school visits, volunteering, and mentoring have shown students, elementary to college the vast opportunities that are available within the aviation industry. Our annual Golf Scholarship Tournament has allowed the chapter to this date to give out over $20,000.00 in scholarships to deserving students in the South Florida area.

So join us for a day of golf, fun in the sun, and know that your generous contributions are going right back into our community to help the next generation of aviation professionals prepare themselves to enter into our wonderful industry.

Date: February 9, 2019

Where: Country Club of Miami

Time: 7:00am - 4:00pm

To register,  click here.

More than fifteen-hundred aviation and aerospace professionals gathered August 14 – 17, 2018 for the 42nd Annual Convention and Career Exposition at Marriott Marquis Houston. The convention, themed Going Above and Beyond: Your Flight Plan to Success in Aerospace, was an incredible success thanks to all in attendance during #OBAPCON2018.

Special thanks to sponsors and presenters including United Airlines, UPS, United States Air Force, FedEx Express, JetBlue Airways, American Airlines, Alaska Airlines/Horizon Air, Amazon, Houston Airport System, Wings Financial Credit Union, Len and Senegal Selassie, JetSuite, Walmart Aviation, ExpressJet, Air Wisconsin, The Dr. L.C. Carter Foundation, America's Navy, American Airlines Credit Union, XOJET and Southwest Airlines. OBAP was also proud to welcome Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy, Inc. (BCAL) and The U.S. Army Black Aviation Association (USABAA) as partners during this year's convention.