Growing up in the West Texas town of Pecos,
Kent Holiday became the local "airport kid" at the age of 8. Working at odd
jobs around the airport, he had his first airplane ride in a P51 Mustang
with the legendary Lefty Gardner at the age of 9.
Working at the airport to pay for his flying, he earned all of his FAA pilot
certificates at the minimum age for each. He went on to begin his
professional flying career at the age of 18 flight instructing, towing
gliders, and crop dusting on weekends and summers while attending New Mexico
Military Institute. Following graduation there he continued his professional
career as a corporate pilot before joining a major US airline in 1988, where
he now flies as a Boeing 777 Captain. Additionally, he is the Chairman of
the Air Line Pilots Association Aeromedical Committee at his airline, and
concurrently is a Partner in the prestigious aviation consulting firm,
AeroConsulting Experts of Los Angeles. Additionally he has completed
coursework at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and the University of
Southern California. He has won national awards and recognition for his work
in aviation safety as well as for mentoring young aviators.
Always active in general aviation, he has owned and operated numerous
acrobatic and vintage military aircraft. He is rated in land planes and sea
planes, and numerous turbojet aircraft. Additionally he actively flies
aircraft such as the P51, P40, B25, and B17 for various flying museums.
He is proud to be a member of the Trojan Phlyers.