First Canadian IMC Club chapter opens in Calgary

The first chapter of the IMC Club International in Canada was launched  on May 7, when pilots met at Springbank Airport, outside of Calgary.

Since its inception over two years ago, the IMC Club has grown from four pilots in Norwood, Mass., to more than 2,000 members globally.

The first meeting of the IMC Club Calgary was held at Calgary Flying Club, Alberta, Canada, host of the IMC Club Chapter there. The IMC Club Calgary chapter is open to all current, non-current, and future instrument pilots.

“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,” said Radek Wyrzykowski, president of the IMC Club.

Located along the 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.

Originally from Saskatchewan, Peach 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 he received his private pilot certificate and purchased his first share in an airplane. He moved to Alberta in 1981. He owns a Grumman Tiger.

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 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.

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