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  • 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


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

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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
    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.

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