The letter, signed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, is a preliminary step toward further discussion with no legal commitments yet made, officials with both organizations said.
“Our discussions with the IMC Club began as all of us looked for a way to give long-term stability for the IMC concept, which enhances safety for aviators with instrument ratings and others involved in flight,” said Rick Larsen, EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs. “EAA has always been about the sharing of knowledge and information among its members, and the IMC Club concept is another way to bring that to EAA members and other aviators by possibly leveraging the EAA chapter network.”
Continuing the IMC program in connection with EAA might include such components as providing EAA chapters with the ability to incorporate IMC programming; monthly scenarios within IMC programming that would facilitate discussion and learning; and shared resources within EAA membership and chapter affiliation that would increase the reach and impact of IMC programming.
“Ultimately, we all share the same goal: making better and safer pilots throughout the flying community,” Larsen said.
“As a president of the IMC Club, it is my responsibility to work and develop strategies for the benefit and the best interest of our members. Our members and chapters could gain access to a significant additional benefits, resources and communication channels to promote our mission of aviation safety to much wider audience. I am very excited about this potential,” said Radek Wyrzykowski, president of the IMC Club.