Blair Smith

Blair Smith

Aviation Deputy Director
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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, Blair worked for Booz Allen Hamilton at 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 250 plus civilian patriots supporting the United States Air Force’s Global War on Terrorism (GWOT) efforts with their MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator global ops.

Blair presently supports the Nevada Institute for Autonomous Systems (NIAS) as an  Aviation Deputy Director. His work mainly revolves around supporting NASA’s and FAA’s efforts to develop a Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system.

For the past 22 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.

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.

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 curriculum for designation as an Aviation Safety Officer. 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 is also a published author whose book “The Poems” is available on Amazon

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=blair+smith+the+poems&crid=3FO9TDLF0769G&sprefix=Blair+Smith%2Caps%2C250&ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_11

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