BRUCE HOLMES joined SmartSky Networks, LLC (www.smartskynetworks.com) in 2016 as Vice President and the Executive Director of their Skytelligence Group. Bruce’s responsibilities include the hosting, development, and management of aviation apps that revolutionize the comfort, safety and efficiency of flying throughout the world’s airspace. Aviation apps hosted in SmartSky’s first air-to-ground 4G, LTE, bi-directional, private network, leverage secure networked connectivity between aircraft, pilots, the Cloud, airspace managers, and home base.
Bruce is a co-founder of two aviation technology software firms. The first was NextGen Apps Co., where he served as Executive Vice President until the company was acquired by SmartSky (www.smartsky.com). The second is AirMarkets Corporation (www.airmarkets.aero) where he serves as President and CEO. Bruce is also the principal in Holmes Consulting LLC, supporting a variety of industry, government and university clients in strategy, technology, aviation systems development, and partnerships. He serves on boards of directors in industry and academia, and advisory councils in government, including an FAA Administrator’s Advisor Committee and the U.S. National Academies – Aeronautics Research Roundtable and Intelligence Science and Technology Experts Group. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to a Washington DC-based investment banking firm.
In 2007, Dr. Holmes retired from public service of 33 years with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as a member of the federal Senior Executive Service. While at NASA, he led two large public-private aviation technology partnerships (AGATE1 and SATS2) developing capabilities for technologically advanced aircraft and airspace operations. Holmes served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in aviation policy analysis, and helped found the U.S. Joint Planning and Development Office (JPDO), leading the development of the strategies for the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen).
From 2007-2008 Holmes was the Chief Strategist for DayJet Corporation, supporting the launch of the industry’s first per-seat, on-demand air carrier. His contributions to the creation of the emerging market for on-demand air mobility were chronicled in the books, Free Flight, by James Fallows, 2001, and The Great Eclipse, by Dennis Maxwell, 2011.
Dr. Holmes holds six patents and is the author of more than 100 technical papers. He is a flight instructor and commercial, jet-rated pilot of more than 50 years, a recipient of the U.S. FAA Wright Brothers Master Aviators Award, a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the Royal Aeronautical Establishment, and recipient of numerous industry and government awards. His academic background includes undergraduate and Doctor of Engineering degrees from the University of Kansas and post-graduate work as a Senior Executive Fellow at Harvard in the Kennedy School of Government.
1 NASA Advanced General Aviation Transport Experiments Alliance, 1993 – 2001
2 NASA Small Aircraft Transportation System Project, 2001-2006