About Us

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The International Black Aerospace Council coordinates and develops activities of the world aerospace community to enhance outreach efforts pertaining to Blacks in aerospace career fields.

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The International Black Aerospace Council (IBAC) was founded in 1996. Our purpose is to work in unison to chart the future of black aviation. To achieve this, our organization serves as a funnel that feeds a pipeline with many branches representing the career options in aviation/aerospace. Our goal is to encompass the entire domestic and international aviation/aerospace arena to increase minority and female numbers across the board, not just focus on pilots. IBAC is uniquely positioned to accomplish this. Our member organizations span aviation from entry level small airplane operations to US military and international commercial airlines including all aspects of the Federal Aviation Administration.

The organizers of IBAC included the leaders of Tuskegee Airmen Inc. (TAI), Negro Airmen International (NAI) and the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) along with interested individuals from aviation/aerospace. This group determined it was in the best interest of all to work together to create a council whose primary function was to define, fund, and execute an agenda for black aviation. While our target audience is people of color we have not limited ourselves to that group.

IBAC is not a membership organization it is a council of leaders. The core members of the board of directors (BOD) are the presidents of all the black aviation organizations. Other board positions were created to allow for a wide background from civilian and military aviation sectors.

The board of directors is composed of sixteen positions consisting of:

The presidents of seven black flying organizations
 
Thelma Rudd, BCF (Bessie Coleman Foundation)
Col. Palmer Sullins USA (RET),  BPA (Black Pilots of America)
Sam Jones, NAI (NAI, Black Wings in Aviation)
Roosevelt Lenard, NBCFAE (National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees)
Raymond Robinson, United Parcel Service, OBAP (Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals)
Brigadier General Leon Johnson USAF (Ret.) TAI (Tuskegee Airmen Inc.), IBAC Board Chair
Victor Thornton, USABAA (US Army Black Aviation Association)
   
Two individuals from corporate America
 
Vanessa Jamison, Vice Chair IBAC Board & Managing Director
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Two individuals from other government agencies
 
Colonel (Retired) Len Nevels (Air Force Reserve), Secretary
Lt. Colonel Tim Eddins (Air National Guard), Treasurer
   
Two individuals from institutions of higher education/academia
 
Lt. Colonel. Ivan Kelly, Prince William County Public Schools (retired)
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Two individuals from foundations/private and or otherwise
 
Dr. (PH.D.) Aprille Ericsson, NASAHQ And Goddard Space Flight Center
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IBAC has solicited and received support from Raytheon in the form of a $100,000 challenge grant that was received in 1999. United Parcel Service Flight Operations awarded IBAC a $5,000 grant in 2000.

The programs that IBAC is working to enhance are not new, but ones that have been actively maintained by the member organizations of IBAC. Funding for these programs has come from membership dues, fund raising activities, and corporate contributions (cash and in-kind services). Over the last 10 years this support has come from many companies including:

AIR, Inc. Reduced rate memberships in pilot hiring database
Air Jamaica Support for national conventions
Alaska Airlines Type Rating Scholarships
ASA Airline Support for national conventions
American Airlines Type Rating Scholarships
Support for national conventions
America West Type Rating Scholarships
Cessna Support for national convention
Dobbs Catering Meals for ACE camp trips
Delta Airlines Type Rating Scholarships
Support for national conventions
Northwest Airlines Type Rating Scholarships
Support for national conventions
Raytheon

Grant
Support for national convention

Southwest Airlines

Type Rating Scholarships
Support for national conventions

United Airlines Type Rating Scholarships
Support for national conventions
Aircraft and crew to transport ACE camp students
UPAS Database to track pilot applicants
UPS Airlines Type Rating Scholarships
Support for national conventions
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Aircraft and crew to transport ACE camp students
US Airways Type Rating Scholarships
Support for national conventions

Type Rating Scholarships are simulator and instructor time to allow individuals to obtain a FAA Type Certification in that model of aircraft. Support for national conventions has come in the form of cash to defray convention costs, donation of airline tickets for auction, airline tickets to fly dignitaries' and shipment of organization materials to conventions and other events.

IBAC itself and each IBAC member organization is certified by the IRS as a 501 c (3) tax exempt entity.