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Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Sunday, July 5, 2020

Gateway Flight Training Student Pilot Inspires Next Generation of Aviators

By Carmelo Turdo
Deven Mahale, 17, a student pilot at Gateway Flight Training, has a message for the next generation of aviators: Go for it! Mahale, a high school senior, is getting a head start on his aviation career by taking flight training and preparing for his college aviation program. He recently soloed in the school's Piper Tomahawk and will move up to the Piper Warrior for the remainder of his Private Pilot Certificate training. The Aero Experience met with Deven Mahale, his parents Aneesh and Kay Mahale, and his Certified Flight Instructor Tony Jestis during a recent visit to Gateway Flight Training. The video included below is an inspiring look at a young aviator beginning his journey to a high-flying career.

Deven Mahale with CFI Tony Jestis,
May 31, 2020 solo (GWFT photo)

Mahale family with CFI Tony Jestis after solo flight (GWFT photo)

Interview with Deven Mahale and CFI Tony Jestis

Aneesh and Kay Mahale join the interview 

The Aero Experience thanks the Mahale family, CFI Tony Jestis and Gateway Flight Training for their voluntary cooperation in preparing this video. We also thank the Gateway Youth Aeronautical Foundation (GYAF) for hosting the interview in their conference room. The Aero Experience will post the official launch story for the GYAF in the near future.

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