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  • 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


    Or fax to: 269-964-6473

    We look forward to your participation,

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

    Chart Clinic Confidential

    Chart Clinic Confidential—
    Descend Via

    Join us for our next FREE webinar
    Read charts like an insider with tips from the experts!

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

    In this webinar we'll explore arrival procedures, vertical nav planning, pilot workload considerations and more.

    Stick around after the webinar presentation for a Q&A session with our chart experts.

    Register today

  • 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)

    Thank You!

  • 23 Jul 2014 8:35 PM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

    IMC Club Chapter leader, Brian Handy died in a plane crash on Monday

    It is with great sorrow that I share with you the news that our friend, fellow aviator and Bozmen, Montana IMC Club Chapter leader, Brian Handy died in a plane crash on Monday, July 21, 2014. His Cessna 150 impacted terrain near The Russian Flat airstrip, about 30 miles southwest of Stanford. Brian joined our organization in January of this year and right away volunteered his time and energy to open and head our Bozmen, Montana Chapter. His selflessness and contribution to aviation safety will never be forgotten. He will be missed as a friend and fellow pilot.

    Thank you Brian for all of your contribution to general aviation. It was an honor and a privilege to be a part of your aviation experience. Your voluntarism, love of flying and wiliness to help fellow pilots has, and will always continue to influence each and every one of us.

    Our hearts go out to Brian’s family in this time of sorrow.

    Radek R. Wyrzykowski
    IMC Club International, Inc.

  • 02 Jul 2014 9:51 AM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

    IMC Club Partners with EAA to Establish The IFR Proficiency Center at AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI

    Oshkosh, WI - The IMC Club and the EAA today announced the inauguration of a new skill-building center at AirVenture 2014. The IFR Proficiency Center will be a hub for instrument pilots and will feature Tech Talks, IMC Club chapter meetings, and eight Redbird flight simulators on which pilots can gauge their instrument proficiency by flying various approach scenarios. Sim pilots will be able to communicate  with ATC through PilotEdge, which will provide live ATC services. Instruction and help at the center will be provided by NAFI flight instructors.

    “Instrument flying skills are key to a great many of our members” - said Jack Pelton, Chairman of EAA. “The IFR Proficiency Center will add an important dimension to AirVenture and another destination site for our guests.”

    The IFR Proficiency Center will feature six different Tech Talks, two per day, conducted by noted experts from Jeppesen. Topics will include glass cockpit secrets; weather planning; and instrument chart tips and tricks. In addition, each day The IMC Club will conduct a model chapter meeting, open to all, to demonstrate the “organized hangar flying” The Club is known for. Running throughout each day at The Center will be eight Redbird flight simulators where pilots can sign up to test and improve their proficiency by flying multiple instrument approaches under the direction of actual air traffic controllers.

    “The IMC Club is proud to partner with the EAA to establish The IFR Proficiency Center” - said Radek Wyrzykowski, founder and President of The IMC Club. “This is a unique attraction at AirVenture and a great way to help pilots feel more comfortable and capable in our instrument system.”

    The IFR Proficiency Center will be open every day, Monday through Sunday of AirVenture. There is no charge to participate.

  • 30 Apr 2014 3:24 PM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)
    First IMC Club Chapter in Canada Opens in Calgary

    Calgary, Alberta, Canada
    - The first chapter of the IMC Club International in Canada will be established on Wednesday, May 7th, when pilots meet at Springbank Airport, outside of Calgary.

    Since its inception over three years ago, the IMC Club has grown from four pilots in Norwood, Mass., to over two thousand members globally.

    The first meeting of the IMC Club Calgary will be held at Calgary Flying Club, Alberta, Canada, host of the IMC Club Chapter there. The IMC Club Calgary meeting is open to all current, non-current, and future instrument pilots. At the meeting, prospective members will be given the opportunity to meet and interact with IMC Club founder and President Radek Wyrzykowski.

    “I am very happy that we have the opportunity to grow and expand our general aviation Instrument Aviation Safety mission. I want to thank Steve Peach, our first chapter leader in Canada for allowing us this opportunity. It is going to be a privilege for me to meet with our pilot friends in Calgary” – said Radek Wyrzykowski, the president of the IMC Club.

    Located along the spectacular Foothills of the Canadian Rockies, the Calgary Flying Club (CFC) has been a hub of aviation activity, friendship and learning since 1927. Members come to CFC from all over the world for the comradeship, training opportunities, and access to a diverse fleet of rental aircraft.

    Steve Peach is the president of the newly created IMC Club Calgary Canada chapter. Originally from Saskatchewan, Steve joined the Air force when he was 17, received his Engineering Degree in 1976, and flew back-seat on CF101 Voodoos for 5 years. In 1978 Steve received his PPL and purchased his first share in an airplane. He moved to Alberta in 1981. Steve owns a Grumman Tiger, a four place 180 HP airplane that comfortably carries him and his family at 135 knots on enjoyable cross country flights.

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

    Opening of the Calgary Canada chapter continues IMC Club growth on four continents, with more than 100 chapters in North America, South America, Europe and Africa.
  • 07 Apr 2014 9:42 PM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

    EFB Challenge Launched To Advance The Use Of iPad & Tablet EFBs

    Lakeland, FL - MyGoFlight and the IMC Club announced a jointly led contest to understand and advance the use of low cost, readily available tablets such as an iPad as an EFB. Interested pilot contestants will enter local contests and winners will advance to regional events. Regional finalists will compete nationally during EAA AirVenture 2015 in Oshkosh. Pilots will be measured on their use of the tablet as an EFB in terms of efficiency, proficiency and accuracy in aeronautical decision making during flight planning, pre-flight and in-flight real world situations.

    The goals are to: 1) Create an understanding of how pilots use their EFBs and identify what proficiency looks like 2) Identify where improvements to tools or instruction are needed. 3) Get more pilots to see and understand the benefits of flying with an EFB 4) Identify the best of the best!

     “The iPad has seen fast adoption by a large number of pilots,” said Tom Haines, AOPA Editor in Chief and EFB Challenge sponsor.  “Yet there is much we need to learn about how these devices are being used and where opportunities exist for pilots to expand their capabilities or where apps need to improve. We look forward to providing our input into this effort and seeing the results.”

    “For the first time, there is a single device that can be consistently found in airplanes old and new, owned and rented and in general, commercial and military aviation – the iPad” said Tom Bliss, Publisher of AvWeb and EFB Challenge sponsor. “This has never happened before. What does this mean? What needs to be done to take advantage of this situation? We want to help find out.”

    The first contest took place during Sun-n-Fun 2014 in Lakeland, Florida during MyGoFlight’s iPad Takes Flight! – EFB Challenge forum sessions.

    “The EFB Challenge is a way to showcase the capabilities of pilots & the iPad” said Charles Schneider, CEO of MyGoFlight. “We want to demonstrate how EFBs can be used by pilots to make flying safer and more enjoyable. We want to promote more advanced use and wider adoption of the iPad and EFBs.”

    “Our goal is for pilots and their instructors to incorporate the iPad as an EFB,” said Radek Wyrzykowski, president, IMC Club International. “It is important to establish proficiency standards and to help build capabilities that go far beyond paper chart replacement. Capabilities that will help pilots make better and faster decisions.”

    IMC Chapters will host local and regional contests. If you would like to enter a contest, please go to www.imcclubs.org/efbchallenge or www.mygoflight.com/efbchallenge/ and sign up for the EFB Challenge newsletter. You will be contacted as contests are scheduled. Flight schools, military and commercial operators are also welcome to create contests that can then compete on a regional level along with IMC Clubs. Interested operators should contact Charles Schneider by email on cschneider@mygoflight.com to discuss participation. Progress of the EFB Cont future contest dates and locations can be found on www.facebook.com/EFBChallenge.

    Additional sponsors are being sought to help support this important research. Sponsors can provide input into the questions asked and will receive detailed information of contest results and findings. If you would like to consider becoming a sponsor, please contact Charles Schneider on cschneider@mygoflight.com or call 303.364.7400 x111.

  • 06 Apr 2014 10:14 AM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

    Sunglasses Manufacturer for the U.S. Military - the Newest Sponsor of the IMC Club

    Lakeland, FL – Randolph Engineering, a manufacturer of sunglasses for pilots and the military, announced it has become a corporate sponsor of the IMC Club. Besides its financial support as our newest sponsor, Randolph Engineering  will provide its Aviator Sunglasses for use as awards and promotions given by the IMC Club to its members.

    Originally built for the U.S. Military, the flagship Aviator Sunglasses surpass rigid mil-spec standards. Standard issue since 1982, these are battle tested glasses and can withstand the most rigorous and demanding use. Pilots, fashion stylists, and those who demand the very best wear Randolph’s Aviator Sunglasses.

    “We are very excited to have Randolph Engineering become a corporate platinum supporting sponsor.” - said Radek Wyrzykowski, president of the IMC Club International. “Randolph Engineering is an iconic brand which fulfills a growing demand for genuine, well-made products with a strong American heritage. It is still owned and operated by three generations of Polish immigrant families, along with a highly skilled and dedicated American workforce. I want to thank them for their support”.

    "Randolph Eyewear is proud of our aviation heritage, crafting Made in USA sunglasses for military and civilian pilots for over 30 years." - said Mary Waszkiewicz, the Marketing Manager at Randolph Engineering “We are excited to help the IMC Club to promote their mission to make pilots more proficient and make flying safer.”

    As a special incentive for the formation of new Chapters, the first five new IMC Club Chapter Applications which are received by the end of the second week following Sun’n-Fun 2014 will benefit from a generous Randolph Eyewear promotion. Along with our standard New Chapter Package, these Chapters will also receive one FREE pair of the iconic Aviator Sunglasses ($200 Value)

    The IMC Club, through its nationwide network of local chapters, provides organized “hangar flying” focused on building proficiency in instrument flying. It’s the only organization of its kind. Believing that safety and proficiency are developed through education and experience, IMC Club’s monthly meetings use real world scenarios to engage members and allow them to share and build their piloting experience. 

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