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 Chapter 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, the D-Day Squadron, the National Aeronautic Association, and the Explorers Club of New York, and holds an FAI Sporting License. He was previously Director of Content for the Purple America Initiative, a Seattle-based youth political discourse organization with over 400 members, and works odd jobs in a variety of sectors.
He graduated from Kent School in Kent, CT in 2022, and will attend Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT, studying a combination of economics, public policy and government, and international relations, while continuing his flying career and progression. Luc is a U.S. and French citizen, and speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently. He is an Eagle Scout, a member of the Cum Laude Society, and the 2022 recipient of the Judith B. and Howard B. Wentz, Jr. College Scholarship Prize in Engineering.
Luc is a Private Pilot with an ASEL rating and flies the Schweizer SGS 2-33A, Piper J3C-65 Cub, and Cessna 170. He has over 250 hours of total time and has flown 17 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.
Luc lives in Middlebury, CT with his parents and brother, Ben (15) when not travelling by light GA aircraft.