ChrisHolmes, ATPL
14687 - 111 Avenue
Surrey, BC  V3R 2C2
Tel: 604.581.2970
Fax: 604.929.4425

Thank you for taking the time to view my resume. I'm sure you'll see that my skill set is extensive and varied. I have experienced everything from -55C in the arctic to +35C in The Maldives. I have flown rudimentary Piper J3 Cubs right through to DeHavilland Twin Otters. From before my flying days and continuing through to today, I have involved myself in several entrepreneurial ventures, giving me a healthy dose of real-world business experience. This combination of skills makes me truly unique and a valuable addition to any company.

To read more about my flying career, click here.


Flight Times
Types Flown & PPC




To be employed as a pilot in an IFR environment.



"A passionate aviation entrepreneur." My worldwide flying experience includes The Republic of Maldives, North America, and the high arctic. In addition to piloting, my dedication and commitment in the successful operation of several businesses, including the merger, growth, and eventual sale of Thetis Air and Pacific Spirit Air was recognized with nominations for the prestigious Ernst & Young / Business In Vancouver "Entrepreneur of the Year" award. Additionally, articles in several publications including Globe & Mail’s "Report on Business", "YVR Skytalk", BCIT "Update", "The Georgia Straight", and a 30 minute profile on the popular TV show "Wings Over Canada” have highlighted my prior achievements. My passion continues today through my pursuit of flight.


    Flight TimeS    

5000 hours total flight time
    3500 hours PIC
2700 hours multi-engine
    2600 hours turbine
    2200 hours float time
    150 hours taildragger
    50 hours skis

Geographical Breakdown
1600 hrs mountainous/coastal BC
300 hours overseas
2200 hours arctic/northern
900 hours central Canada & other areas

Times accurate as of May 1, 2006

Click here to view up to date times in my online logbook.


    Types Flown & PPC'd    

    Types OWNED   
  • Beech 100 King Air (PPC current)

  • Beech 90 King Air (PPC current)

  • Beech 99 Airliner (PPC current)

  • DeHavilland DHC-6 Twin Otter

  • Piper PA-31 Navajo & Chieftain

  • Piper PA-34 Seneca II

  • Beech 76 Duchess

  • DeHavilland DHC-2 Beaver

  • Cessna 180/185/206/207

  • North American Navion

  • Piper J3 Cub




Airline Transport Pilot License (Canadian)
(95% average on ATPL exams)

Multi - IFR rating                   Turbine experience
Seaplane rating                     Annual IFR refresher course
Taildragger proficient              Pilot Decision Making course
Ski plane proficient                Dangerous goods certified
Radial engine experience       Category 1 medical 



Training Pilot
Kenn Borek Air
October 2003 - current
  • Initial & recurrent training of company pilots
  • Air Ambulance, charter, and scheduled flights
  • High Arctic / North Atlantic ops
  • King Air 90, 99, 100
Bearskin Airlines
August 2002 - July 2003
  • Beech 99 Airliner
  • operated northern schedule service from Sioux Lookout, ON
  • pavement & short gravel strip ops
  • commendation for excellence (click here to view)
Trans Maldivian Air
April 2001 – Sep 2001
  • DHC-6 Twin Otter
  • flew to various island resorts around the Republic of Maldives
  • open ocean float flying
Chief Pilot / Ops Manager
BeauDel Air Limited
Summer 2000 - Sep 2001
(contract work to Spring 2005)
  • developed IFR ops manual
  • developed & implemented training program
  • streamlined pilot paperwork
  • arctic bush flying on skis, floats, and wheels
  • wrote Dangerous Goods manual for new regulations
  • assisted airline through rebuilding period
West Wings Aviation Ltd.
Spring 2000
  • PA31-310 Navajo
  • IFR charter flying in mountainous British Columbia
568968 B.C. Ltd.
Spring 2000 to current
  • aviation consulting for air taxi operators
  • provide expertise in development of Ops Manuals and operational management systems
  • aircraft leasing
  • aircraft ferrying
Owner & Ops Manager
Pacific Spirit Air
Thetis Air
1997 through end of 1999
  • purchased failing airline in early 1997
  • grew to a fleet of 5 aircraft, including 2 Beavers
  • successful acquisition/merger of Thetis Air
  • increased revenues ten-fold in only 2 years
  • sold companies profitably fall ‘99
Aircraft Owner
Cessna 180
Piper J3 Cub
North American Navion
DHC-2 Beaver (sold)
  • passion for flying is my life
  • pursuing aviation as a career
President & Owner
Abbott Integration
Incorporated 1991
Sold 1997
  • conceived & managed computer hardware integration company
  • produced sales from zero to $1.3 million in just over 12 months
  • customers included governments, universities, institutions, regional dealers
Top Graduate
British Columbia Institute of Technology
Venture Program
(Venture Development Centre)

1990 Session
  • graduated with awards (top of class)
  • accredited program
  • excelled in this high-intensity business course
  • only top candidates are admitted to this highly selective, world-renowned course
  • invited to regularly return and lecture to current students



Chris Holmes    (604) 543-2150    [my first name]

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