OBAP’s Annual Convention and Career Exposition is a three-day aerospace conference designed to unify, engage and empower aviation professionals from diverse backgrounds.

Held each August for more than 40 years, this annual event consists of aerospace professional development workshops, notable industry speakers, networking opportunities and a career fair with more than thirty participating carriers and companies. 

“OBAP’s Career Exposition is one of the largest aerospace fairs in the nation. The continued investment and participation of carriers each year prove the effectiveness of this three-day recruitment event and also speak to the desirability of OBAP’s highly qualified member base,” Captain James Gordon, past board chairman and pilot, UPS Airlines.

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To increase minority participation in future aerospace careers, OBAP hosts numerous events tailored to youth and young adults. Events include a youth-related workshop facilitated by representatives from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Fly Robotics, the leading resource for training in the field of small-unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS). A Youth Luncheon including more than 500 youth and aviation professionals stimulates conversations in STEM Education.

The Collegiate Series includes career development workshops to assist students in navigating the transition from college to career. Lastly, the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Consortium Breakfast engages students, aviation college leaders and airline managers and serves as a think tank for the aviation collegiate sector.

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