Through the program, Bloemsma learned how to fly
airplanes and a whole lot more.
He gained leadership skills through participation in
four cadet encampments two as a basic participant
and two as a flight sergeant and squadron commander.
He participated in multiple emergency missions, too,
and added the Glider Academy and Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training Familiarization Course to his
resume, which also includes a degree from Embry-Riddle
Officially a commercial pilot in 2012, Bloemsma has
been putting his skills to good use as a flight instructor
at Western North Carolina Aviation and as a mission
pilot, cadet orientation pilot and instructor at the
Asheville Composite annual flight academy.
Just recently, he was offered a job with Great Lakes Airlines; he starts training soon.
Mentors especially dear to his heart are CAP Lt. Cols.
Rich Augur and Ray Davis.
Augur, a U.S. Air Force Academy graduate and major
in the Air Force, was deputy commander of the Asheville
cadets when Bloemsma was a cadet. Davis was
primary flight instructor who helped him
prepare for his solo flight on his 16th birthday.
Bloemsma described Davis as focused and committed to learning and applying that knowledge toward
successful completion of his These traits, he
added, influenced his career success.
Col. Augur really helped me develop leadership
skills and was one of the two instructors who helped in
my training for my private certificate, which I
received after my 17th Bloemsma said.
as I have progressed in my aviation career, Lt. Col. Augur
as a Delta Airlines captain has helped by advising me in
the steps and decisions I should make in order to fly for
gave me an opportunity to fly at a young age
and sparked that interest in aviation that led me to continue on in my training, and I am very grateful for
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