Alpha Eta Rho Aviation Fraternity
Founded on April 10, 1929 at the University of Southern California, Alpha Eta Rho is the oldest professional aviation fraternity in history. Since 1929, AHP has had granted charters to more than 140 chapters at the most prestigious aviation colleges and universities. Currently, Alpha Eta Rho recognizes over 60 active chapters in the United States and throughout the world.
Membership in Alpha Eta Rho is open to all collegiate men and women who have a strong interest in, or who are currently seeking careers in any field within the aviation and aerospace industries. As a professional fraternity, AHP strives to maintain and promote the highest moral standards and steadfastly affirms its membership to all, not dependent upon race, religion, nationality, or sex. If interested, see Vena Symonette-Johnson.
Web Site: www.alphaetarho.org
Women in Aviation
Women in Aviation, International is a nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to providing networking, education, mentoring and scholarship opportunities for women (and men) who are striving for challenging and fulfilling careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. A student chapter was established on the campus of FMU in June 2014. If interested, see Vena Symonette-Johnson.
Web Site: www.wai.org
Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals
Founded in 1976, OBAP’s mission is to enhance, advance and promote educational opportunities in aviation/aerospace and to develop and sustain a process for the ongoing mentoring of our youth. Our goals are to motivate our youth to become educationally prepared for life, increase minority participation in aviation and aerospace through exposure, training, mentoring and scholarships, increase the number of underrepresented minority professionals, engineers, scientists and management personnel in aviation and related industries, and to better assist our organization, membership concerns and constituencies. To become a member of the South Florida Chapter of OBAP, see Vena Symonette-Johnson.
Web Site: www.obap.org
Miami Chapter of the Tuskegee Airmen
We place a special emphasis on careers in aviation. We have three Documented Original Tuskegee Airmen, Lt Col Eldridge Williams, Lt Col Leo Gray and Judge Richard Rutledge to guide us. We have a host of members with incredible backgrounds. You need not be a pilot or have any connection to the military to join our chapter. We have a natural affinity for veterans and anyone interested in aviation but the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen pushes us far beyond military aviation. Membership is open to anyone who shares our goals and core values.
Web Site: www.miamitai.org
National Safety Council
The National Safety Council has been the nation’s leading safety advocate for more than 100 years. We are a nonprofit organization with the mission of saving lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Working to make the world measurably safer, NSC advances this mission by engaging businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public to help prevent the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. – unintentional injuries. Membership is free to students.
Web Site: www.nsc.org
National Intercollegiate Flying Association (NIFA)
The FMU Flying Lions Competition Team is made up of student pilots and aviation enthusiasts from the department. We train and compete in the annual safety competition in Region IX against other schools such as Auburn University, Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Jacksonville University, and several others schools. Several members place in the top ten of their events. In 2014, Gerren Dixon (second from right) placed 2nd in the Pre-flight event.
Web Site: www.nifa.aero