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Piloting a career in aviation

At 14, he began training to fly gliders high above Truckee.

By 16, while other kids we’re clamoring to get their driver’s licenses, he was studying how to operate a Cessna 172.

Today, as he approaches his senior year in school, CAP Cadet and Second Lt. DeSantis, of the Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron, is just weeks away from becoming a licensed private pilot, thanks to a recent scholarship from the Daedalian Foundation.

Last month, DeSantis received the Major General Lucas V. Beau Flight Scholarship for $2,100, which goes toward the fees and training to receive a pilot’s license.

The Daedalian Foundation is a national fraternity of more than 17,000 military pilots.

Major Beau, for whom the award in named, was one of the first pilots to fly an airplane in time of war. The WWI veteran later went on to hold numerous distinguished positions in the Army and the Civil Air Patrol.

In addition to the scholarship, DeSantis was one of two Tahoe Truckee High School students chosen to participate in the United States Air Force Academy’s Summer Seminar Program.

For one week, DeSanits and Cadet Second Lt. Jeremy Moon attended classes and lived as college cadets at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Only 600 students from around the country are chosen for the program and applicants face a rigorous application process.

After attending the program, both cadets will be candidates for appointments to the Academy.

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