AOPA headquarters newest chapter of the IMC Club

The 72nd chapter of the IMC Club has been founded at the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) headquarters in Frederick Md.

The IMC Clubs concept is to bring together IFR-rated pilots who fly in 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 based on submission by their members. IMC Club Meetings provide a forum for promoting participation and discussion of IFR flying.

The first meeting of the AOPA/IMC Club group will be held Sept. 5 at noon. The AOPA IMC Club Chapter is open to all current, non-current, and future instrument pilots. At the meeting, prospective members will be given the opportunity to interact with IMC Club founder and President Radek Wyrzykowski.

“We support IMC Club’s drive to build a strong community around IFR flying,”  said Adam Smith, senior vice president of the AOPA’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community and the AOPA/IMC Chapter Leader. “Friendship and camaraderie in aviation are key to keeping pilots active and engaged.”

The IMC Club AOPA Chapter is designed to promote proficiency among AOPA members; headquarter pilot staff, local pilot community in Maryland as well as all IMC Club member pilots worldwide. Every month the Chapter will discuss an issue or situation as a group.

“I am thrilled to have someone of Mr. Smith’s caliber to be willing to get involved and help to advance our mission. I don’t think I could thank him enough. Here at the IMC Club our ideas and goals are very similar as those of the AOPA’s Center to Advance the Pilot Community and include encouraging our members to engage with other pilots and to stay involved in keeping General Aviation safe and strong. What we offer is a platform for members to use and which greatly depends on their participation. Joining the IMC Club is primarily about becoming a part of, and supporting, a group of pilots who believe in helping one another,” added Wyrzykowski.

Pilots interested in joining the AOPA/IMC Club Chapter can do it by visiting the IMC Club website

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