#2: Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas grew up surrounded by aviation and developed a passion for
flying at a young age and became a third-generation pilot. Chris was
trained by his father, a Naval Aviator, and earned his pilot’s license at the
age of 17. He earned an AAS in Fire Science and graduated from Norfolk
State University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies-Aviation. Chris’
professional career started with the Virginia Beach Fire Department where
he was quickly promoted to a Master Firefighter. After eight years of
service, Thomas made a transition in his career and entered the world of
professional aviation. He currently serves as a Captain and Check Airman
for a major commercial airline.
While logging more than 17,000 hours of flight time, Chris has towed aerial banners, served as a flight instructor, ferried aircraft, and worked as a charter and night freight pilot while flying more than 90 different types of planes. He recently became a performing member of the GEICO Skytypers Air Show Team after ferrying aircraft and flying skytyping missions for 2 years.
Chris Thomas continues to call Virginia Beach, VA home where he resides with his wife and two teenage daughters. When not flying, he can be found riding a motorcycle, doing aerobatics in his plane, sailing, playing mandolin, or traveling with his family.