Hi, my name is Luke Pylypciw and I am a 17-year-old private pilot based in upstate NY. I am incredibly proud to partner with Hope For The Warriors to present Loop For The Troops. On April 8th, 2022, I will be departing Binghamton, New York, and flying a 1977 Mooney M20J around the country's eastern half. Along my route, I will be stopping to meet with veterans organizations to spread joy, shake the hands of our country's heroes, and shed light on a topic often that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. This flight is so much more than a loop around the country; it also represents the tremendous things you can achieve at a young age. I hope that along with raising money for a good cause, I can inspire our youth to do what they can to make the world a better place.
When I was 14, I was like every other high school freshman; I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. For my 15th birthday, I was gifted a discovery flight from a family friend who is a corporate pilot and CFII. After my first flight and falling in love with aviation, I began my flying journey. The following months would be a critical period of time in developing my passion for flying. After a year of training, creating a YouTube channel, and becoming involved in the industry through various volunteering opportunities, I successfully soloed for the first time on my 16th birthday. This accomplishment further deepened my passion and it was at this point I knew I wanted to become a pilot and pursue flying as a career. If you haven't already noticed, there is a theme with birthdays and my flying journey. After another year of training and studying for my FAA exams, I passed my written, oral, and practical exam and became a licensed private pilot as soon as the FAA would allow me on my 17th birthday.