Blair Smith

Blair Smith

Flight Operations and Technical Manager (Contractor)
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Blair retired from the United States Navy in 2000 after 22 years of service. Following retirement, Blair was a pilot for Raytheon Travel Air and Delta Airlines. Blair was furloughed from Delta Airlines because of the events on 9-11. Following his furlough from Delta Air Lines, Blair worked for Booz Allen Hamilton supporting the United States Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) where he was assigned to operational test and experimentation. In 2005, Blair left SPAWAR to become the Program Manager of a team of 200 civilian patriots supporting the United States Air Force’s Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) efforts with their MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator operations. For the past 20 years plus, Blair has been an Associate Professor for Embry- Riddle Aeronautical University where he has taught over 100 college courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, both online, and in the classroom. Blair continues to teach part time as a labor of love.

In the community, Blair is a Board Member with Blank Canvas Youth. Blank Canvas Youth is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing transitional housing, and educational services through independent living skills for former foster youth. Blair is a successful former foster youth, and he is dedicated to improving the lives of foster youth and former foster youth. Blair has also served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for foster youth.

He holds a Bachelor’s degree, and a Master’s degree in Organization Development from the University of San Francisco. He also attended the U.S. Navy’s Post Graduate School in Monterrey, CA where he completed the Aviation Safety Officer Course. He is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) licensed Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) and Turbojet Flight Engineer (FE) and has logged over 5,000 flight hours while qualifying in Jets, Props, and Helicopters.

Blair performs a variety of tasks at NIAS, but spends most of his time as a Program Manager supporting NASA’s efforts in the development of the Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM System.

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