Lucien has always had a fascination with airplanes, and has been active in modeling since he was about 10 years old. Starting with Comet stick and tissue kits picked up at the local K-Mart store, he later built several free-flight and control line models as a teenager. Lucien got started in RC at the age of 15 with nitro powered cars, but quickly switched his focus to RC airplanes. Through the years, Lucien has built and flown a wide variety of aircraft including Sport, Combat, Scale, Pylon Racers, Pattern, Fun-Fly, Gliders and most recently Multirotors.
Lucien’s educational background includes an Associate’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from ITT Tech, received in December of 1983, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of South Florida, received in December of 1990. In 1991 Lucien completed a professional pilot program and received his Private, Instrument, Commercial and Multi-Engine pilot ratings as well as Ground School Instructor, Flight Instructor and Instrument Flight Instructor certificates.
In 2005, when Li-Po batteries and brushless motors became popular, Lucien’s focus shifted to electric powered models. About a year later, in October of 2006, Lucien founded Innov8tive Designs to help bring the new Scorpion brand brushless motors and speed controllers to the US Market. Over the past 7 years, Innov8tive Designs has grown to become one of the largest distributors of electric power systems in the United States, and Lucien has become one of the leading authorities in the field of Brushless Electric power Systems in the RC hobby. Since 2008, Lucien has also served as the host of the All Things That Fly internet podcast show, the RC Hobby Industry’s longest running podcast. He also writes the Multirotor Flight column each month in RC Heli Pilot magazine, and is a contributing editor to Robot Magazine.