YP No. 1
Founder & President – Middlebury, CT
President, Chapter No. 6
Member, Chapter No. 1
Luc Zipkin serves as the Founder and President of the Executive Board of Young Pilots USA, and is responsible for the organization and management of national-scale operations, also serving as President of YP Chapter No. 6. in East Haddam, CT. He first got involved in aviation through his father, who got his pilot's license as a teenager and started an air charter business.
Luc is a volunteer and member of the Warbirds of America division of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the Connecticut chapter of the Soaring Society of America, the Sugarbush Soaring Association, the Tunison Foundation, and the D-Day Squadron. He is Director of Content for the Purple America Initiative, a Seattle-based youth political discourse organization with over 400 members and a sometime freelance writer and tutor.
He is a junior at Kent School in Kent, CT, and previously attended public schools in Middlebury, CT and in Saint-Barthélemy, FWI. Luc is a U.S. and French citizen, and speaks English and French fluently, and also Spanish, although very poorly. He continues to campaign to make Esperanto the official language of Young Pilots USA, with little success.
As a pilot, Luc holds a Student Pilot License with a third-class special issuance medical and is qualified as PIC to fly the Schweizer SGS 2-33A and Piper J3C-65 Cub. He has over 100 hours of total time and has flown 15 different types of aircraft, including multi-engine and turbine aircraft, seaplanes, gliders, and warbirds. As the pilot of the Cross-Country Cub flight, he is one of the youngest people to ever fly solo across the United States, and the youngest to do it solo in a Piper Cub. His most significant accomplishment in aviation is actually on the part of air traffic controllers, who succeeded when nobody could in putting him at a loss for words.
Luc lives in Middlebury, CT with his parents and brother, Ben (13) when not at school in Kent, CT or travelling by Piper Cub for Young Pilots USA and for pleasure (usually blurring the line, since it's pretty hard not to have fun in a Cub.)