Born in Poland in 1960, Radek Wyrzykowski came to the US as a political refugee. As a student in the 1980s in Poland, he became involved in the student independence movement. When the Polish government declared martial law in December 1981, Wyrzykowski was imprisoned in January 1982. He came to the US in 1983. In January 2020, he was awarded by the Polish president the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity for his activities to benefit a free and democratic Poland.
Radek obtained his professional pilot degree from Mohawk Valley, under the SUNY Albany program, and has more than six thousand hours dual given. He was a chief flight instructor for Horizon Aviation Inc. from 2007 to 2009 and a chief flight instructor for Northampton Aeronautics from 2005 to 2007. He was a correspondent and contributor to a Polish general aviation magazine, PILOT Club, where he published many of his articles. He is a certified flight instructor and instrument and multiengine instructor and an award-winning author. His book "Becoming A CFI" was published in April of 2021. He is the founder of the IMC Club and served as the president of that organization until 2015, when the program was acquired by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA). He served as a Senior Program Manager - Flight Proficiency Programs at the EAA until February of 2022.