1,500 Diverse Aviation Professionals Convene in Orlando, Aug. 9 – 11, for Future-Focused Aerospace Convention

Aug. 4, 2017

More than fifteen hundred professionals and 55 participating aerospace companies will gather next week, August 9 – 11, 2017, for the Organization of Black Aerospace Professional's ((OBAP) 41st Annual Convention and Career Exposition at Disney's Coronado Springs Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.


  • A sold-out three-day Career Exposition where more than 1,200 aviation professionals can meet with 55 participating companies including American Airlines, Emirates Airline, FedEx Express, General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc., National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, UPS, Virgin America and Walmart Aviation.
  • The Corporate Luncheon and Strategic Industry Symposium including a discussion on career opportunities with unmanned aerial systems (drones) led by leaders from Facebook, the FAA and UPS Foundation, which recently launched the world’s first National Medical Drone Network. 
  • A Founders’ and Pioneers’ Breakfast will induct nine notable aerospace professionals including Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson, the first African-American civil servant female to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and Daniel E. Coons, Ph.D., founder of the Airways Science Program at Delaware State University, a historically black college into the organization’s Hall of Fame.
  • A free Youth Day for 100 Orlando area students will include workshops with NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA). Rise Above – Red Tail Traveling Exhibit will be on-site for all attendees, including youth, to experience the Tuskegee Airmen’s inspiring story within a 160-degree panoramic theater. 

The full agenda can be found here: http://www.obap.org/conferenceschedule