Who We Are

I'm extraordinarily lucky in that, for as long as I can remember, aviation has been a part of my life. My grandfather learned to fly on the G.I. Bill as a World War II vet and my dad is a professional pilot. I remember volunteering at Oshkosh with my younger brother for the first time in 2018 and noticing that we were the youngest people around, usually by several decades (granted, we were in the Warbirds area). Although it was a lot of fun, the demographics didn't always make it the dynamic experience it could have been with more young people. It certainly didn't serve to increase my confidence in young people being as in love with aviation as I am. In a fitting twist, however, later that summer, I was fortunate enough to attend Sugarbush Soaring's youth glider camp in Vermont and see many other young people just as enamored with flying as I am. I got to know a bunch of them and came to appreciate the breadth of their experience and incredible enthusiasm for the world of flying. Although it's been a few years now since that seminal experience, I finally decided recently that there should be an organization to foster a community for young pilots. I gathered some friends, drafted a mission statement, put together this website and an Instagram account, and just a few months later, here we are. We look forward to seeing you at our meetings, fly-ins, on the web, and everywhere young pilots are active, and working together to broaden the great big family of aviation.

Luc Zipkin

Founder & President

Young Pilots USA

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my grandfather, a Stearman owner and pilot

Our Mission Statement

Building a community for the next generation, Empowering/inspiring young people to fly,

Securing the future of aviation,

& preserving skills & safety.

Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of organization is Young Pilots USA?

Young Pilots USA is a members' association and community-building organization, which consists of chapters run by our members.

Who are Young Pilots USA members?

Young Pilots USA members are mainly high school and college students, with widely varying levels of experience in aviation. We've got members who've never cracked open a log book and members with hundreds of hours across dozens of types, and each and every one is welcome here. They come from all walks of life to enjoy everything that flies, and are accepting of and friendly to all new members.

Who runs Young Pilots USA?

Young Pilots USA is run by an Executive Board, made up of passionate and capable young people, mostly centering around the Northeast. Chapters are independently run, but the national organization runs bigger-picture resources, such as funding, social media, web presence, conventional media, chapter development efforts, and more. We also have a small and informal group of advisors from all walks of aviation, who consult on a variety of different topics, although they do not have any formal leadership role in Young Pilots USA.

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Our Roundel

the official Young Pilots USA Piper Cub

What does Young Pilots USA do?

Our events vary widely in scale, although, since we were only formed in October 2020, we haven't had a chance to have any in-person events due to the coronavirus pandemic. Our current programming focuses on larger-scale in-person events during the summer (during which we can more easily manage public health risks) and our virtual meeting series during the winter. Generally, though, chapters focus on hangar parties, flying groups, and occasionally, public introductory flight programs. Join us and we'll be able to do more than ever!

How do I become a member?

To become a member of Young Pilots USA is a convenient and pain-free process. In keeping with our mission, Young Pilots USA accepts young people regardless of their aviation experience. There are no application fees or annual dues; all that an applicant needs is to fill out a brief application that describes themselves and how they are involved with aviation. The main factor which may exclude someone from joining is their age. We are an organization dedicated to young adults and adolescents, and we strive for our membership to be representative of our mission.     

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Goodspeed Airport, the home of the

Young Pilots USA annual fly-in!

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Clause

Young Pilots USA does not and shall not discriminate based upon sex, race, color, sexual orientation or preference, gender identity or expression, socioeconomic status, region or country of origin, religion, creed, or political philosophy. Given our basis as an American organization for young people, Young Pilots USA reserves the right to discriminate based upon age and nation of residence in admitting members. Prospective applicants should live a majority of the time in the United States of America, and be between 13 and 25 years of age, although exceptions can be made to the age guidelines.

Young Pilots USA Bylaws

Young Pilots USA is governed by a detailed set of organizational bylaws, designed to make the organization function efficiently beyond the efforts of a core founding group of members. Please feel free to learn more about the specific structure and policies of our organization here.