Bruce J. Holmes, Ph.D.

Principal, Holmes Consulting LLC

Bruce is a five-decade veteran involved in national aviation leadership in research and development, air taxi operations, aircraft development, aerospace investment and technology strategies, and disruptive innovations in his field. His background includes government roles in Senior Executive Service leadership at NASA, and in industry in the commercial on-demand air carrier world, with aviation software startups, on the U.S. NextGen (airspace modernization) founding team, and as CTO developing a liquid hydrogen fuel cell eVTOL air vehicle. In addition to his roles in developing technology for Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) vehicles, he is involved in digital connectivity solutions (e.g., WiFi for aircraft) including applications for optimizing fuel and time for aircraft maneuvering through weather, traffic, and airspace constraints. He serves on the Board of Directors for a company launching the first commercial, dedicated nationwide air-to-ground wireless communications network for command and control, voice, data, and navigation in aviation-protected radio spectrum. Bruce is “speed-agnostic,” involved now helping a company preparing to air-launch hypersonic vehicles for research and technology development that may one day lead to transoceanic travel times of a few hours. He serves on special groups for the National Academy of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the FAA Administrator’s Research, Engineering, and Development Advisory Committee. He has published over one hundred technical papers, has fourteen patents awarded or applied for in aeronautics, been honored with numerous NASA medals and professional society awards, including the FAA Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award, recognizing 50 years of safe flying. He is a Fellow of the AIAA and the Royal Aeronautical Establishment. He is an active pilot and flight instructor. Bruce and his wife of 52 years live in Williamsburg, Virginia.