Luc Zipkin – Writer – USA

Luc Zipkin Aviation Journalist Pilot

I grew up in Middlebury, Connecticut, in a family thoroughly consumed by aviation, which later brought me to live the airborne adventure in St. Barth, France, and Vermont. My grandfather, who served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps in North Africa and the invasion of Sicily, came home after the war and took a few university courses, before deciding his G.I. Bill funds were better spent on a pilot’s license and a Stearman biplane, setting the tone for my family ever since. As a result, I grew up around all manner of vintage aviation and am lucky to have had access to incredible opportunities in historic flying. As a pilot, I soloed in gliders at age 14 and then moved on to my family’s 1946 Piper J-3 Cub on my 16th birthday. Just a few years later, I’m now a commercial pilot in airplanes and gliders and a flight instructor running my own ad hoc tailwheel flight school. I am also a volunteer with the Tunison Foundation, the Commemorative Air Force, and private warbird collections, which has brought me into contact with many historic airplanes. As the founder and former president of Young Pilots USA, an advocacy group for young people in aviation, I became involved in aviation media, with my writing appearing in print with AOPA Pilot and EAA’s SportAviation, before joining Vintage Aviation News in the fall of 2023. When not engrossed in aviation, I am taking advantage of the liberal arts structure of Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and pursuing a degree in politics, history, and engineering design.