Joel Smith of Las Vegas, Nevada, our Director of Fixed Wing Ops - Camera Technician is a veteran that served in the US Army Signal Corps and TRADOC as a telecommunications specialist. He is a licensed pilot for over 20 years and has held an FAA Certified Flight Instructor certificate for over 15 years.
Not only a US Army Veteran, with over 25 years of leadership and instructional experience, Joel is a graduate of the College of Maryland with a BS in Military Science and a graduate of the University of Tennessee Professional Pilot Certification Program.
He served in as many as five different management roles within a Part 121 US air carrier while working on large corporate aviation projects including the Boeing 747-400 and the Airbus A-330.
He has extensive team operations experience while supporting several major Part 121 projects for the launch of new aircraft fleet operations. Joel has International Operations experience and has lived abroad for over six years as well as operating within a US corporation with offices in both Europe and Asia. He currently holds three FAA Certificates:
Joel has 5000+ hours of flight time and 2,500+ Sim Instructor hours. In addition, he is a graduate of the late Bill Kershner’s Basic and Advanced Aerobatics course.