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  • 16 Apr 2015 8:14 AM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

    East Meets Midwest
    Boston flight instructor visits Spencer Flight & Education Center for new club.

    By Shelby Alyssa Mettlen - The Spencer Flight & Education Center is bringing the East to the Midwest, proving there’s a whole lot going on in western Kansas - and it doesn’t (directly) involve farming or feedlots.

    The SFEC hosted IMC Club president and founder Radek Wyrzykowski at its annual (2015) board meeting (…). The decorated pilot and Boston, Mass., resident made the 1,800-mile journey from Norwood, Mass. to Scott City, Kan. to guide the club’s newest chapter through its first meeting.

    With more than 120 chapters and over 2,400 members worldwide, Wyrzykowski says the IMC Club is the fastest-growing aviation organization of its time - measuring in the same trajectory as the Aircraft Owners and Pilot Association (AOPA) when it was formed. Born as a vision of Wyrzykowski, the IMC Club is a membership-based non-profit 501(c)(3) organization offering resources and training to instrument-rated pilots. The Spencer Flight & Education Center is proud to be the first aviation entity to bring the IMC Club to Kansas.

    The Right Tool

    Located in the center of cattle feed yards and corn fields, Scott City and the SFEC offer something no other facility in the area can: a Redbird FMX motion simulator.

    “With aviation, people travel,” Wyrzykowski says. “A lot of times we think locally, and we should not. If you have something good, people will travel. You just have to get the word out that you have it, and it has to be unique.”

    The Redbird is a vital tool for instrument training, Wyrzykowski says.

    “We have to position ourselves in space and then use those needles to know what is happening,” he says. “Needles are just to fine tune, to know exactly that certain position. It’s all in your brain. [The Redbird] is the perfect machine to practice in.”

    Humble Beginnings

    A native of Poland, Wyrzykowski has served as Chief Flight Instructor for four different flight schools and has logged over 6,000 hours in the cockpit. He is a Master Certified Flight Instructor Instrument and Multiple-Engine Instructor.

    Earlier in his aviation career, Wyrzykowski sat down with three friends near his home in Norwood and discussed a particularly rough instrument situation he’d run into. The four men decided to form a “support group” for instrument-rated pilots to share their experience and knowledge - and the IMC Club was born.

    A press release outlining the idea of the IMC Club was picked up by the AOPA and the organization became an overnight success.

    “Next morning, I come to work and I’m not kidding, I was getting an email every minute,” Wyrzykowski says. “My inbox was flooded with people asking how to sign up for the organization and open new chapters. I had absolutely no idea, because I wasn’t expecting that.”

    From four men with a vision to more than 2,400 members, IMC Club continues to evolve and grow. At the 2011 EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh, Wis., Wyrzykowski and his team did little more than wear their “IMC Club” t-shirts, he says. Last year, the club had its own pavillion with eight Redbird FMX flight simulators, complete with PilotEdge software, running full time. This year, Wyrzykowski says, it’ll be even bigger.


    Keeping It Interesting

    “What IMC Club does is address this forgotten group of pilots,” Wyrzykowski says. “We want to address the biggest mistake flight schools make. With most flight schools, we go after private pilots, they get their licenses, we get them instrument training, then we try to convince them that they should go commercial, CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) and become airline pilots.”

    The trouble is, many pilots lack interest in becoming commercial pilots, he says. Too often, if pilots don’t want to go commercial, they drift away and fail to remain current on their training. 

    “With IMC Club, we want to bring them back,” Wyrzykowski says. “We want to bring this group back and show them that it could be a lot of fun to use that instrument training.”

    It doesn’t matter how many hours a pilot acquires, he says - it’s about how current he remains; how much practice he has and how recently that practice has taken place. 

    “I always compare it to going to a gym,” Wyrzykowski says. “Let’s say you stop walking altogether. After a few months, you have to learn how to walk again. If you stop flying instruments, it doesn’t matter if you have your instrument rating, you have to go back. It’s extremely important to do this systematically. A lot of instrument flying is not really moderate skill; it’s in your brain. It’s a mental exercise.”


    Sharing Experience

    IMC Club meetings are all about the exchange of practical knowledge, Wyrzykowski says.

     “When you have an experience and you tell your friend, “You won’t believe what happened to me,” two people will learn,” he says. “We took it to a global level. We’re putting all those brains together.”

    Becoming a member of the IMC Club offers many benefits, including discounts on U.S. military-grade Randolph sunglasses, access to MyGoFlight apps and software, IFR Refresher and IFR Magazine. However, Wyrzykowski says he wants the IMC Club to avoid becoming a subscription service.

    “All those benefits are extra, but that is not what we are,” he says. “We’re about real, human face-to-face contact.”

    Leave your Smartphone at home, Wyrzykowski says. The IMC Club is all about sharing experience, good and bad.

    “You don’t need [your phone],” he says. “What we want you to do is come over here to your local chapter and participate in those chapter meetings. Because good judgment comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.”


  • 12 Apr 2015 8:20 PM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

    IMC Radio’s “Plane Talk” Comes Back on the Air Broadcasting Live Daily From The Sun’n Fun In Florida

    Lakeland, FL - IMC Radio’s “Plane Talk,” a live-streaming aviation internet radio talk show sponsored by the IMC Club International, will be back on the air broadcasting live from its remote studio in Lakeland, FL during the 2015 Sun ’n Fun, International Fly-In & Expo starting April 21 and continuing through April 25.

    Produced by the new Executive Producer Howie Marlin, the live broadcasts of “Plane Talk” will be from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (EST) on their Spreaker radio platform. Listeners can listen to the show at the IMC Club website, spreaker.com or an easy to use iPhone/iPad or Android Spreaker interface which is available for download on the iTunes store.

    Howard (Howie) B. Marlin, the newly appointed Executive Producer of the show was born in NJ in 1954. He keeps his tricked out PA28-180 at 1B2 on Martha's Vineyard where he is an Psychotherapist and Emergency Services Clinician. Howie started flying in  2007 and he is a member of the Air Crew with USCG Aux Air. He is also an on-air talent at Sun 'n Fun Radio, IMC Radio, cheerleader for Uncontrolledairspace.com; Flying Musicians Association, and documentary video producer at Aviationisland.info. He is also helping to lead the charge at the Arthur M. Godfrey Aviation Association (AMG-AF.org) with the hopes of helping fund kids who look skyward - and want to be there.

    During the show listeners will be able to interact with the hosts, Derek Lagasse, commercial pilot and student of an Aviation Degree College Program; Jon Roberts, private pilot, musician, entertainer, one of the original founders of the “Plane Talk”  and their guests by commenting in the show’s live “online chats” which will be opened while the show is broadcasting. They can also tweet at @theplaneguys or simply stop by the Sun ’n Fun Radio’s studio, at pavilion 29 and say hello.

    After starting its regular broadcasts in November of 2011, IMC Radio quickly became one of the most popular stations in the entertainment/talk category on the “Speaker Web Radio”. In 2011 the show was nominated for the “Speaker Show of the Year Award.”

    Forced to stop its live programming due to an inability to broadcast from its studio location at the Norwood, MA  Airport, the “Plane Talk” was off the air in a search of the new location since the fall of last year. “Plane Talk’s” recorded content of previous shows since then has reached 70,000 plays and still maintains over 23,000 followers.

    According to the hosts and the producer the regular weekly live broadcast of “Plane Talk” will resume shortly after the Sun ’n Fun on the air event.

  • 10 Apr 2015 5:34 PM | Timothy Heron

    Columbus Chapter IMC Club will be held on Wednesday, April 22

    Our monthly Columbus, OH Chapter IMC Club will be held on Wednesday, April 22, from 7:00PM to 8:30PM at Quest Conference Center, 8405 Pulsar Place, Columbus, OH 43240. Go to http://www.quest-centers.com for a map and/or directions to the Quest Conference Center. Light refreshments will be served.

    The focus for this meeting will be on single pilot resource management (SPRM) as it relates to GPS “Vectors-to-Final Gotchas”, demystifying IFR en route and approach charts in complex airspace, including using GPS “shortcuts”, and copying and understanding ATC clearances. A social interaction and exchange of ideas will follow.

    Register at FAAsafety.gov, following the links for events within a 50 nm radius of zip code 43229. Bring a pilot friend with you. WINGS credit will be awarded to attendees. Bring your iPad or tablet if you want to follow and save en route scenarios.

    For further information or details, contact Tim Heron, IMC Columbus Chapter co-leader at 614.620.5868 or thcfi.th@gmail.com.

  • 09 Apr 2015 9:51 AM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

    Mastering Crosswinds Seminars Taking To The Road

    Englewood, Colorado, April 8, 2015 — Crosswind Concepts, Ltd. (CC), a unique aviation training center based in Centennial Airport in Englewood, Colorado, is taking its popular "Mastering Crosswinds" safety seminar on the road.

    With four scheduled seminar dates slated in late April at the Sun ‘n Fun International Fly-In and Expo in Lakeland, Florida, Taylor Albrecht, CC manager, crosswind instructor and the IMC Club Denver South chapter leader conceived CC's first road tour to offer crosswind training seminars to pilots along CC's route of travel to the Sunshine State.

    Albrecht viewed the road tour as a unique opportunity to highlight the FAA/NTSB's focus on reducing loss-of-control accidents, so he set about scheduling training sessions with two eager partners: Plane Available in Kansas City, Missouri, and Nashville Flight Training in Nashville, Tennessee.

    The Kansas City seminar is slated for 6:30 pm, Tuesday, April 14, at the Wheeler Downtown Airport, followed by the Nashville seminar at 7 pm, Thursday, April 16, 2015 at the Nashville International Airport. While registration is still open, Albrecht said response to the seminar opportunities has already been strong with some 50 signed up in Kansas City and about 30 in Nashville.

    Brad Whitsitt, president of Xwind, LLC, based in Indianapolis, Indiana, will also participate in the road show sessions. Whitsitt invented the state-of-the-art Xwind stick-and-rudder skills training simulator that helps pilots develop superior crosswind skills in a safe, environmentally controlled setting. “I’m excited to join CC's road tour and am pleased to be part of their comprehensive program to help pilots gain critical skills necessary for successful crosswind operations,” he said.

    The "Mastering Crosswinds" seminar is just one way that CC helps pilots master what Richard Collins, noted aviation journalist, famously dubbed “the hardest thing to do in aviation,” according to Albrecht.

    "Knowledge helps overcome fear," Albrecht added, "so a review of weather and aerodynamics is foundational to our programs and we train toward successful crosswind operations, particularly during the landing phase of flight.  This is why we combine our training in the incomparable Xwind simulator with seminars and comprehensive ground classes to round out a pilot’s knowledge base.”

    Crosswind Concepts, Ltd. (CC) is a rare aviation training facility focused on extraordinary stick-and-rudder pilot training designed to reduce loss of control in the cockpit, a factor the FAA has declared one of the leading causes of aviation accidents.  Because crosswind landings were documented factors in 98 percent of all landing accidents in a single year, a key component of CC’s regimen is the highly effective Redbird Xwind flight simulator that utilizes powerful motors to produce life-like roll, yaw and drift motion in a realistic runway environment, allowing pilots to develop the skills to prevail during such landings.  An Xwind student gains more crosswind landing experience in a one-hour session than a typical private pilot accrues flying over a two-year period.  Information on Crosswind Concepts and how to o sign up for CC's road tour seminars in Kansas City and Nashville, is available online at www.crosswindconceptsltd.com or by calling 720.536.0543.



  • 17 Feb 2015 5:02 PM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

    First IMC Club Chapter in Australia to open in April

    Narromine, Australia - Pilots will meet in April in Narromine, located approximately 200 NM west of Sydney, the Capital of Australia, to establish the first chapter of the IMC Club International on that continent.

    IMC Club, through its worldwide chapters, provides organized “hangar flying” focused on building proficiency in instrument flying. It’s the only organization of its kind. The IMC Clubs concept is to bring together IFR-rated pilots who fly in the real-world “actual IMC” and provide them with an opportunity to share stories, network with the larger pilot community, and gain valuable insights and tips for their IFR flying. All stories and scenarios produced by the club for use during chapter meetings are real and based on submissions from by their members. IMC Club Meetings provide a forum for promoting participation and discussion of IFR flying.

    Since its inception just four years ago, this organization grew from 4 pilots in Norwood, MA to over 2,700 registered members globally.

    The first meeting of the IMC Club Australia group will be held in April of this year at the Narromine Aerodrome, which is the host of the IMC Club Chapter there.

    Narromine Airport AustraliaNarromine is an historic aerodrome that is home to the oldest regional Aero Club in Australia. It was an operational and training base during WW2, providing the bad weather alternative for international flights to Sydney prior to the installation of the ILS. It was also a training base for Qantas Constellations and HS748s and is now a major gliding and recreational aviation centre.

    Narromine has a significant place in Australia’s aviation history and has been visited by Chuck Yeager and by Buzz Aldrin. The latter dedicated the Wright Flyer replica that was constructed locally and has been successfully flown and is now on display at the Narromine Aviation Museum.

    Murray Feddersen, is the president of the newly created IMC Club Australia chapter. MurrayMurray Feddersen learned to fly in 1990 at Moorabbin airport in Melbourne, Australia, realizing a long held ambition and encouraged by his wife Linda. His initial private pilot qualification was quickly followed by constant speed prop and retractable gear endorsements, along with his night rating. His Command Instrument Rating was achieved following the Feddersen’s move to Canberra in 1991, where he became President of the Canberra Aero Club.

    “As a pilot, I have learned and continue to learn from the experiences of others, which I believe that most pilots do. The IMC Club will provide the opportunity to help and benefit the IFR aviators in Australia.” said Mr. Feddersen - “The introduction of Performance Based Navigation to be followed by progressive decommissioning of ground navigation aids in Australia and mandatory fitment of ADS-B are part of a rapidly changing operating environment and it is hoped that establishment of the IMC Club Chapter (…) will provide a forum where pilots can interact to improve the safety and efficiency of their operations” - he added.

    Murray’s first aircraft was a Trinidad TB20. He had flown 2,000 hours in that aircraft, many in IMC, mostly flying business trips on the eastern seaboard between Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. The Trinidad was followed by a Seneca 2, and now he flies a Beechcraft Baron 55. Although flying less hard IMC than he used to, he continues to enjoy the discipline and satisfaction of instrument flight.

    “I want to say thank you to Murray for volunteering his energy, time and resources and I can’t express enough how excited I am. We’re about real, human face-to-face contact. By creating these groups, we allow pilots to learn from one another on the global scale and show that there are no borders when it comes to the pilot’s community” - said Radek Wyrzykowski, the IMC Club President - “IMC Club addresses a forgotten group of pilots. Too often, pilots after obtaining their IFR rating don’t want to go to get their commercial license, they drift away and fail to remain current and proficient. We want to bring them back with help of other experienced and proficient pilots.”

    Opening of the Australian Chapter brings IMC Club presence to over 120 chapters and five continents.

  • 25 Nov 2014 10:15 AM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

    A $200 IFR Bootcamp discount for IMC Club Members

    Norwood, MA - As a new benefit available exclusevly to IMC Club members you may now receive a $200 discount off of IFR Bootcamp by Pilot Workshops.

    IFR Bootcamp will expose you to the many aspects of flying in the system and give you practice in "putting it all together".

    This is an area in which many pilots are lacking because their instructor trained them to pass the Instrument checkride but didn't prepare them to actually fly in the IFR system. For others, their IFR skills developed rust from a long layoff and they want to get back in the saddle.

    At IFR Bootcamp, you can work solo with a CFII, or you can work with a buddy (and split the cost) under CFII supervision. Many people prefer to go through the experience with another pilot. But either way, you will get the full benefit of the program.

    The curriculum is organized into a series of scenarios (missions), each of which challenges you with increasingly complex end-to-end IFR flights. You'll be thoroughly briefed on each mission, and equipped with the knowledge necessary to complete the flight. Then you head to the sim and put your knowledge to the test.

    Different training locations are available through the country.

    For more information and your discount code, please click here.


  • 10 Oct 2014 11:58 AM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

    The IMC Club Invites You to Participate in FAA PEGASAS Sponsored Research Focus Groups 

    Boston, MA - The IMC Club would like to invite you to participate in FAA PEGASAS sponsored research focus groups to identify possible gaps in training, meteorological information accessed and used by General Aviation (GA) pilots,  VFR flight into IMC conditions, weather avoidance,, weather concepts and hear your suggested improvements. The experience and insight your members can contribute is extremely valuable to this project.

    The focus group will be conducted at via telephone with Western Michigan University, providing that you agree to participate. The focus group format will follow guided questions from a project investigator, where we will look to further understand weather decision making, weather technology used in the cockpit and retention of weather knowledge. It is anticipated that the focus group will take approximately 45 minutes-1 hour. No names, identification numbers, or other type of personal identification will be collected, to ensure subject anonymity and confidentiality. The data will categorized into emerging themes regarding weather. Results will be used to contribute to improved understanding of GA pilot preparation and decision-making, focused on continued flight under VFR into deteriorating/IMC conditions, how pilots utilize equipment to make safe and timely weather avoidance decisions, and retention of weather concept knowledge. Please see the information letter attached for full project information.

    We can arrange a telephone conversion on the following dates. Any interested participant can fax or email a signed copy of the consent form with the date/time they would like to call in for one following sessions.

    • Monday, October 13th  3-4 ET
    • Tuesday, October 14th 9-10 ET
    • Wednesday, October 15th 1230-130 ET
    • Thursday, October 16th 12-1 ET
    • Monday, Oct. 20 - 10-11 ET
    • Tuesday, Oct 21 - 2-3 ET

    Please return Consent form and indicate date/time of call preference to:
    Beth M. Beaudin-Seiler, MPA, Research Associate, College of Aviation

    Beth.Seiler@wmich.edu 

    Or fax to: 269-964-6473

    We look forward to your participation,


  • 11 Sep 2014 11:03 AM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)


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    Chart Clinic Confidential - Descend Via is coming September 24 at 11:00 a.m. MDT.

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  • 17 Aug 2014 7:08 PM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

    NAFI Volunteers Key to IFR Proficiency Center Success

    Norwood, MA – Kalamazoo, MI - 14 August 2014 - One of the most popular events at this year's EAA AirVenture was IMC Club's IFR Proficiency Center.  Volunteers from the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) provided instruction to IFR pilots placed in a scenario to test their real-world skill. Using Redbird flight training devices and simulated ATC communications provided by Pilot's Edge, pilots had to exercise their IFR skills in real-time without pause, ranging from being vectored to approaches to taking IFR clearances on the ground prior to take off and flight.  Up to eight pilots were using the same simulated airspace at one time, making the scenarios even more realistic.  Coaching from NAFI instructors was key in training pilots and making the experience a positive one.

    The simulator scenarios have been co-developed by the IMC Club and the Redbird Simulator team for use exclusively in Redbird flight simulators.

    Radek Wyrzykowski, IMC Club president said: "Without the generous help of NAFI members, we could not have made this work.  All of our volunteers and the pilots that participated found the experience rewarding and enjoyable.”

    The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) is an international professional association of certificated flight instructors (CFIs) and flight training organizations (FTOs). NAFI is committed to helping its CFI members improve their skills and its FTO members improve their operations in order to produce better pilots.

    NAFI CFIs are some of the most dedicated and active flight instructors in the world and are now teaching in 26 countries. In addition to instructing as independent flight instructors NAFI CFI members instruct in all manner of flight training organizations; flight schools, universities, corporate flight departments, fixed base operators, airlines and the military.

    The concept behind the IMC Club is to create local communities of instrument rated pilots, and aspiring instrument pilots, around the country and around the world, who regularly meet to discuss topics and share information relative to instrument flying. This "organized hangar flying" promotes the sharing of experience among attendees.

  • 11 Aug 2014 2:33 PM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

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