Passion for Flight Morphs
into Top-Shelf Aviation Career
Former CAP Cadet Leads Jacksonville Airport Authority
By Mitzi Palmer
During the summers while Steve Grossman was attending college, his lunch breaks were spent sitting on a railroad tie parallel to the PanAm Terminal runway at John
F. Kennedy International Airport in New York where
he worked as an apprentice the
new Boeing 747s coming and going. At
the young age of 10, he was reading every
book he could get his hands on about the
War in the Pacific and naval aviation during World War II. His interest in aviation
was so great, he even cut school back in
the 1960s to watch the Apollo launches.
An Obvious Career Path
interest in aviation began as a
young child, probably sparked by visits
with my Cub Scout troop to the air traffic
tower at JFK said Grossman, a
former Civil Air Patrol cadet from Seaford,
N.Y., who is now CEO and director of the
Jacksonville Airport Authority in Florida.
Then at age 12, one of classmates wore a uniform to school that he
I asked about it, he told me he was in Civil
Air Patrol and briefed me on what they do, what you
could get from it and his thoughts on its he said.
Because of his interest in learning how to fly, Grossman joined CAP.
CAP experience provided my first look at
being disciplined about anything I was trying to
Grossman recalled. found the classes interesting, given
my growing love of aviation, and I am sure that this led
to my desire for a career in
When he was a college sophomore working at JFK, he
decided he wanted to be director of an airport one day.
Former Civil Air Patrol cadet Steve Grossman
is the Jacksonville Airport CEO
and director. think the cadet program
provides a great beginning as to what it takes
to succeed in life, and it can get cadets very
vested in aviation as a career and a
he said. Photos courtesy of Jacksonville Airport Authority
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