Pilots will meet in November in Santiago, the capital of Chile, to establish the first chapter of the IMC Club International in Latin America.
IMC Clubs is the brainchild of Radek Wyrzykowski. As a flight instructor in Norwood, Mass., he developed a volunteer mentor program to help instrument pilots improve their proficiency, and they loved it.
“When the website launched and offered to help others start local chapters, it took off like a storm,” Wyrzykowski says. Since its inception over two years ago, this organization has grown from four pilots in Norwood, Mass., to almost 2,000 members globally.
IMC Club, through its worldwide chapters, provides organized “hangar flying” focused 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 based on submission by their members.
The first meeting of the IMC Club Chile group will be held in November at Aero Club Santiago, which is the host of the IMC Club Chapter there. The IMC Club meeting 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.
Alejandro Atorre is the president of the newly created Club Aéreo de Santiago IMC Club chapter, received his pilot license in 1991 at Club Aéreo de Santiago. He has a single and multi engine instrument rating and is a flight instructor with more than 1,900 hours.
Opening of the Santiago chapter brings IMC Club presence to four continents and more than 80 chapters in North America, South America, Europe and Africa.
For more information: IMCClubs.org