January 21, 2014 - The first meeting of the IMC Club International Fox Valley Chapter will take place on Tuesday, January 28, at EAA headquarters in Oshkosh. The new chapter will be led by Andy Miller, EAA 385301, of Appleton, and pilots attending will have the opportunity to meet IMC Club Founder and President Radek Wyrzykowski.
"It is exciting to bring a great training opportunity like IMC Clubs to Wisconsin's Fox Valley, because instrument pilots and students from this area have had few opportunities before now," said Miller, a staff member at Fox Valley Technical College's Teaching & Learning Center. "With the support of EAA, we hope the Fox Valley IMC Club will become a regular part of many IFR pilots' schedules."
Miller also is a presenter and Flight Instructor Refresher Course instructor for the Air Safety Institute, holds CFI-A, CFI-I, IGI, and AGI certificates, is a Redbird Simulator certified instructor, and has done graduate work on flight instruction with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Andy serves as a FAASTeam lead representative in the Great Lakes Region, and regularly flies Young Eagles and Angel Flight patients.
The meeting is sponsored by the FAASTeam and hosted by EAA, which is providing the Vette Theater in the EAA Aviation Center. Attendees will determine a regular meeting schedule and decide on future meeting sites.
"The location of this chapter has a special meaning for me," said Wyrzykowski, EAA 1121164. "I have always considered Oshkosh as a symbol of general aviation not only in the U.S. but also in the whole world. I want to say thank you to Andy Miller for volunteering to advance our mission of safety and I want to extend my deep appreciation for all the support and help we are receiving from the EAA."
The IMC Club, through its worldwide chapters, provides organized "hangar flying" focused on building proficiency in instrument flying. Safety and proficiency are developed through education and experience. You can learn how you can use real world scenarios to increase your level of safety. An instrument rating is not required for attendance and membership in the IMC Club. The club was established as a learning resource for instrument-rated pilots, and for students pursuing their instrument ratings. Learn more at the IMC Club website.