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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)

    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
    President
    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. 

  • 04 Apr 2014 10:52 AM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

    First Winner of the “Brown Jacket Award” is Announced

    Lakeland, FL - Winner of the IMC Club “Brown Jacket Award” was announced today. This year’s award goes to Andrew Dow, Chief Flight Instructor at Great River Aviation and Aviation Program Coordinator at Quincy University, Quincy, IL

    The IMC Club International awards the Brown Jacket to one general aviation pilot each year. The award recognizes excellence in three areas: Flight proficiency, Continuing Education and Service to the aviation Community. The designation identifies and publicly recognizes those pilots who are demonstrating an ongoing commitment to excellence, professional growth, and service to the aviation community and it sets standards to which all instrument pilots can aspire.

    The designation requires a process of continuing aviation activity and it is awarded annually to one individual only. In addition to the “Instrument Master” leather flight jacket, the winner will receive valuable prices provided by the IMC Club supporting aviation industry corporate members.

    The award is announced each year at the Sun-n-Fun aviation show in Lakeland, Florida starting in 2014 and presented at the AirVenture in Oshkosh, WI.

    Andrew began instructing in 2003 and within three years became Chief Flight Instructor at Great River Aviation in Quincy Illinois. He is an adjunct professor and program coordinator with Quincy University’s Aviation Program and works as a Part 135 Chief Pilot. In addition, Dow volunteers as a FAASTeam representative, is an aviation merit badge counselor for the Boy Scouts of America and serves as chapter leader of the IMC Club in Quincy Illinois.

    “I would like to congratulate Mr. Dow on being the first recipient of this prestigious aviation award. I would like to also thank him for his commitment to excellence and contribution to the General Aviation” – said Radek Wyrzykowski the President of the IMC Club.

    “I wanted to thank the Board of Review and the Board of Directors at IMC Club for honoring me with this award.  The IMC Club is a great organization as it helps bring together pilots to learn more and share knowledge about IMC flying.  I am very happy to be a part of such an organization.” – said Andrew Dow.

    The Board of Review of the “Brown Jacket Award” also recognized Larry Levine of Rhode Island Chapter as the first runner up.

  • 31 Mar 2014 3:05 PM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)

    iFlightPlanner Releases iFlightPlanner for iPad v2.0 with IMC Club Proficiency Tracker

    Ann Arbor, MI – iFlightPlanner officially announced the release of iFlightPlanner for iPad v2.0, the highly-anticipated upgrade to its iPad-based flight planning solution presented by Sennheiser. In addition to countless enhancements to the pilot experience throughout the app, iFlightPlanner for iPad now parallels the intuitive flight planning functionality found on iFlightPlanner.com with enhanced location-based features made possible by the iPad. The all-new features include;

            • Digital Pilot log with currency and IMC Club proficiency tracker
            • Intuitive route planning with FAA auto-routing, SIDs & STARs
            • Detailed navigation logs with fuel, time & distance en route
            • FAA certified weather briefs via CSC DUATS
            • Integrated weight & balance calculator for nearly 1,000 aircraft
            • Electronic VFR, VFR-SFRA, IFR and ICAO flight plan filing and closing
            • Hi-resolution U.S. VFR sectional, IFR low/high and TAC charts
            • Animated weather imagery from Velocity Weather by Baron
            • Map overlays menu with interactive AIRMETs, SIGMETs and SUA
            • GPS moving map with integrated flight data recorder
            • Virtual GPS compatibility with Microsoft Flight Simulator, X-Plane
            • Expanded digital instrument panel with instrument approach timer
            • Customizable split-screen view with enhanced approach plate viewer
            • Intelligent cockpit voice recorder with auto-pause functionality
            • Comprehensive Airport/Facility Directory with national fuel prices
            • Cloud-based sync with iFlightPlanner.com, mobile.iFlightPlanner.com

    “We are extremely excited to be introducing iFlightPlanner for iPad v2.0,“ said Andy Matthews, iFlightPlanner’s Co- Founder & Director of Business Development. “An incredible amount of effort was put forth by our Crew to make so many great features come together in a way that not only responded to our members’ feedback but truly enhanced the overall experience of flying with iFlightPlanner. We couldn’t be more pleased!”

    In addition to the all-new feature set, iFlightPlanner for iPad v2.0 is one of the first comprehensive flight planning apps for pilots with an interface that fully complies with Apple’s iOS 7 Human Interface Guidelines. That design work was the catalyst for a similar redesign of iFlightPlanner.com, the hub of iFlightPlanner’s integrated flight planning solution.

    John Burnside, iFlightPlanner’s Co-Founder and Director of Technology, lead iFlightPlanner in its strategy to make the entire set of features work together seamlessly. “Through a lot of discussion with our members, it became clear that each critical element – whether it be the route, certified weather brief, or weight and balance – should share core information and be able to communicate with each other, preventing duplicate data entry by users. The restructured ‘Flights’ tab within the app is the result of that vision and has created the perfect foundation to introduce new features without overwhelming pilots.”

    One of the key features benefiting from this new foundation is iFlightPlanner Premium Business, iFlightPlanner’s multi- user platform designed for charter operators, corporate flight departments and flying organizations with the need to seamlessly share flight and aircraft information amongst their respective pilots, dispatchers, and members.

    The iFlightPlanner Crew will be at SUN ‘n FUN 2014, April 1 – 6, in Lakeland, FL with Sennheiser Aviation, the presenting sponsor of iFlightPlanner for iPad, in Booths B-084 and B-085. Pilots are encouraged to stop by for their personal introduction or visit www.iFlightPlanner.com for more information!

    iFlightPlanner Premium memberships start at just $9.95/month and include access to iFlightPlanner’s cloud-based flight planning technology across all of its platforms, including iFlightPlanner for iPad. iFlightPlanner Free memberships are available with no obligation and allow pilots to leverage much of iFlightPlanner’s web-based technology with limited, read-only functionality on the iPad. A one-time, 30-day free trial to iFlightPlanner Premium is also available via the App Store.

  • 27 Feb 2014 11:07 AM | by IMC News Service (Administrator)
    Aero TV Interview with Radek Wyrzykowski, IMC Club President



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