First Officer Vishal Vithlani

Vishal Vithlani’s aviation journey started as a little kid growing up on the east coast of Africa, in Tanzania, where he was born and spent the first 17 years of his life. He immigrated to the United States and attended Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California where he obtained two Associate’s Degrees in Commercial Flight and Liberal Arts. He also obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University. He received the majority of his flight training at FlightSafety International Academy in Vero Beach, Florida.

He spent the first ten years of his airline career with regional airlines: Atlantic Southeast Airlines and SkyWest Airlines, where he flew CRJs as a First Officer and the Embraer Brasilia as a captain. He now works for United Airlines at a First Officer on the Airbus A319/320 in Los Angeles.

Vishal was introduced to OBAP in 2012. He adopted Captain Tony Marshall as his mentor, and looked for guidance from Captain Geoff Berry on how to give back to young kids and inspire them to pursue careers in aviation and aerospace. Since then, he’s been involved in student outreach efforts at various levels. He regularly volunteers at OBAP’s ACE Academies in Apple Valley and Las Vegas, and has been the West Coast Coordinator for OBAP’s Aerospace Professionals in Schools Program for 2 years. With a team of local volunteers, they have reached out to over 2000 kids in 2015 alone. He is also in the process of setting up an Aviation Career Pathway at a local high school in the Corona-Norco Unified School District in the Los Angeles Area. Vishal was also the recipient of OBAP’s Boeing 737 Type Rating Scholarship in 2014.

Vishal lives in Eastvale, California with his wife Reema and their 3 sons: Rishi, Ravi and Raj. He believes that every child has the ability to reach his or her dream as long as they are willing to work hard, and we as adults take the time to nurture and guide them. His goal as the Co-Chairman of APIS is to have every OBAP member mentor at least one person, or adopt a school that they can regularly visit and inspire the next generation.