IMC Club awards first proficiency scholarship

More than 30 of IMC Club’s Inner Marker fellows participated in a raffle for this year’s grand prize of a $1,000 proficiency scholarship.

The Inner Marker Circle is a group of pilots dedicated to the consistent and constant improvement of their instrument flying skills, going beyond currency requirements to achieve proficiency, club officials explain. To qualify for the Inner Marker Circle you must be a current IMC Club International member and have flown at least one instrument approach every month for six months prior to your application. Flights can be in IMC, under simulated instrument conditions or in a FAA Certified AATD Flight Simulator.

In addition to a special membership card, Inner Marker members are automatically enrolled in a drawing for a number of awards, among them the Annual Proficiency Scholarship.

Matt Lockhart, the winner of this year scholarship, began flying when he was 18 after acquiring a love of flying from his dad. Matt earned his private pilot rating in 1994, instrument rating in 1999, and his commercial rating in 2000. His CFI and CFII followed shortly after, as well as a multi-engine rating. Matt graduated from Tarleton State with a BS in Aviation Science and has made flying his profession ever since. Matt lives in southeast Florida with his wife Courtney and son Ben.

The IMC Club awarded this year’s Proficiency Scholarship on Friday, Aug. 2m at AirVenture 2013 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The IMC Club co-hosted the IFR Proficiency Center at Oshkosh this year with its major sponsor, Hartzell Propeller and Hartzell Engine Technologies. Over 500 people visited the chalet on the flight line where daily open chapter meetings where co-hosted by aviators like airshow performer Michael Goulian, Flying Magazine’s Editor Robert Goyer, and others.

The IMC Club is an organization dedicated to the promotion of safety and proficiency among its instrument-rated members. The IMC Club encourages creation of local communities of pilots who meet to discuss topics and share information specific to instrument flying. Members call it “organized hangar flying” which provides a sharing of experience and encourages safer instrument aviation. The IMC Club has become a network of pilots who share their knowledge and experience while learning from one another.

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