Summer ACE Academy Program


Come to the OBAP/TAI (currently OBAP) ACE Academy and enjoy the summer as you fly high and learn about an exciting field that might change your career goals.

Guided tours of our rich aviation community include visits to FedEx Express, Memphis International Airport, Control Tower, The Memphis Air Traffic Control Center, Memphis Area Schools, Training Facilities, etc. Classroom, flight instructions, and seminars are given by FAA certified flight instructors and/or airline pilots.


ACE stands for AVIATION CAREERS EDUCATION. The purpose of the academy is to expose young people to the exciting opportunities awaiting them in the field of aviation. While most emphasis is placed on Commercial Aviation, these teenagers are also exposed to other related fields such as Airport Administration, Aviation Medicine, and Space Science. The original “ACE Camp” Academy was established by the Organization of Black Airline Pilots (OBAP) in conjunction with the Federal Aviation Administration for the purpose of establishing an aviation knowledge base among a segment of America's promising youth who may not have ready access to such information.

The Academy is a unique, one of a kind, five day aviation indoctrination program for a selected group of motivated youngsters. The academy is usually scheduled in June and July. Applications forms are available online (scroll down).


Such an ambitious program as described above can’t be accomplished without a cost. Over the years, this program has been sponsored by the FAA, Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP), FedEx, Memphis Chapter of Tuskegee Airman Incorporated, Memphis Shelby County Schools and the Tennessee Air National Guard. Financial support and donations from companies, organizations and individuals can be regarded as long term investments in our youth. Applications are available online below under "Memphis Summer ACE Academy".

You can also help support this cause and many other projects sponsored by Memphis Chapter-TAI by joining the organization. To find out more about joining the Memphis Chapter, log on to    Our EMAIL address is

Registration, Locations and Dates

Admission: Competitive, based upon student and parent responses, overall conduct and attitude.
Age Range: 13-18 years (occasionally as young as 11).
Slots available per Academy: Approximately 25-50 variable each year.
Cost: Currently $0 to $100 to selected youth for the entire week.

Click on Academy links below to register and to obtain additional information on Memphis Summer ACE Academies:


The Memphis OBAP Summer ACE Academy will be June 10-14, 2024

Memphis Summer ACE Academy

Memphis Chapter - TAI
P.O. Box 381886
Germantown, TN 38183-1886