Lawrence H. Brinker, Esq.
President & CEO (Interim), NUAIR Alliance
Lawrence H. Brinker, Esq. is an experienced pilot and aviation attorney currently serving as the President & CEO (Interim) of the NUAIR Alliance, a New York Not-for-Profit corporation with over 100 public, private, and academic partners committed to growing a robust unmanned systems and connected vehicles industry sector. The NUAIR Alliance manages the Griffiss International Airport, FAA authorized, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Test Site in New York, Massachusetts, and Michigan.
He is retired from the US Air Force with 25 years total active and reserve service. During his military career he attained the rank of Lt. Colonel and held various positions including Command Pilot, Intelligence Officer, Operations Officer, Ethics Counsel, Congressional Liaison and Squadron Commander.
Brinker is a FAA rated Airline Transport Pilot with multiple type ratings and over 8000 international and domestic flying hours. He is a FAA rated Flight Engineer in turbo-jet aircraft. He previously served as a FAA Aviation Safety Inspector (Air Carrier).
He has over 30 years experience as an aviation public policy advisor to private and public sector clients from around the world. He attended the US Naval Academy and graduated from The Citadel with a BA in Political Science. He earned an MBA from Southern Illinois University and a JD degree from Atlanta Law School.
Mr. Brinker is a member of the Georgia Bar Association, the New York Bar Association, the Air Force Association, Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association and serves as a panel attorney on the AOPA Legal Services Plan panel.