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Stephen 16th birthday was one he
will never forget. While most teens his age are in
hot pursuit of a license as a top priority
that day, Bloemsma had higher aspirations, literally his first solo flight!
remember after my first takeoff thinking to myself,
committed to landing the airplane now. There is no turning back at
this he recalled. also remember my confidence growing after
every landing, and having a big smile on my face during the last
Now, at just 21, Bloemsma, who has both his private and commercial certificates, is one of the youngest commercially
licensed pilots. He credits Civil Air Patrol with his skyrocketing
aviation rapid advancement.
Fueling an Early Passion
By Mitzi Palmer
thought I would join and see what it was all he said.
had completed some Young Eagles flights when I was 12 or 13 that
initially sparked my interest in aviation. Then after joining CAP and
completing my cadet orientation flights, I knew aviation was the career
field I wanted to
Capt. Stephen Bloemsma is pictured with his first student to solo, Cadet 2nd Lt. Eli
Boothe, who just completed a solo flight. through the first flight
academy as a cadet and then being able to come back a few years later and teach
it was quite the rewarding Bloemsma said. Photo courtesy of Rhonda Augur
48 Civil Air Patrol Volunteer