Gus Olsthoorn, Aircraft Maintenance Engineer and Training Professional
Augustinus “Gus” Olsthoorn is a licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, and a training professional, with over 42 years in the aviation industry. Employed by Bombardier Aerospace for 39 years, he has spent many years as a technical instructor and is currently leading the development of technical training on Bombardier’s Global 7500 business aircraft. Bombardier’s training division was recently bought by CAE Inc. the world leader in flight training for commercial and military aircraft programs.
By the age of 19 Gus had obtained a private pilot’s license and was a commissioned officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. In 1976 he graduated from Centennial College of Applied Arts and Technology.
As a young man Gus had no problem with evolutionary theory until he was challenged with the claims of the Bible. “My brain began to hurt trying to make the Bible and evolution work together” he remembers. He turned a corner in his life when he made a commitment to Christ in his early 20’s. As a new believer he diligently studied the Bible. Reading the ground-breaking book “The Genesis Flood” by Morris and Whitcomb spurred his interest in Creation Science.
He was a founding member of the Creation Science Association of Quebec and has taught courses on creation and evolution to teens and adults. He passionately believes that the prevalence of evolutionary thinking has become a major obstacle in the acceptance of the Bible as the authoritative Word of God. As a consequence, many Christians find the Bible’s opening chapters, with its six-day creation and global flood, embarrassing. Yet, Gus believes, that a careful examination of Scripture and what science can really tell us, reveals a much different story than we are led to believe.
Gus has been married to his wife Debi for 39 years. They have 4 grown sons and 4 grandchildren. They live in Pierrefonds (Montreal), Quebec. His other interests are in studying Islam and in traveling.