Smith’s first experience with hot air ballooning was 21 years ago. It then became his passion as he soon realized that it is such an amazing and unique sport. In 1999, Smith completed his commercial pilot training and began flying in Oregon with his own company. He believes hot air ballooning is not just about flying, but the people he encounters and the wonderful experience and memories created together.

During his career as a pilot, he has flown in seven states; Oregon, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico and now California. Currently residing in Chico, California, Smith is again flying as a business and giving back to the community where he grew up. He hopes to share the joy and serenity of floating through the air with as many people as he can, hoping to inspire the feeling of freedom and adventure in the hearts of others that it brings him.