Luke Szczepaniak learned to fly gliders in 1997 at the Central Region Gliding School with the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. He has been flying gliders competitively since 2008 in Canada and the USA. He holds a FAI Gold Badge with 2 Diamonds and a 1000km FAI Diploma.
After graduating from college in 2000 Luke worked as a Computer Technician and Network Administrator. From 2005 to 2017 he worked as IT Systems Administrator with Oticon Canada in Kitchener, Ontario. In 2017 he started his current position as Aviation Engineering Specialist at Aeropol Aviation Services in Mississauga, Ontario.
Luke developed his flying skills as a member of SOSA Gliding Club under the guidance of former and current Team Canada members. Luke is a volunteer flight instructor and has served on the Board of Directors in the past. For the 2018 season he will be flying at the Toronto Soaring Club. Since returning to gliding in 2005 Luke has accumulated over 1,800 hours and 100,000 cross-country kilometers. In 2017 he represented Canada at the World Gliding Championships in Benalla, Australia. Apart from flying sailplanes, Luke is an avid mountain biker, amateur photographer and is also involved in RC and scale modeling.