The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) and the IMC Club will conduct three seminars on instrument flying proficiency during AirVenture this July. Exact dates and times for the seminars will be announced shortly.
The IMC Club is a relatively new organization intended to bring instrument-rated pilots, and those who want to earn the IFR rating, together regularly for "hangar flying" sessions to share experiences. More than half of all active pilots have an instrument rating, but only a minority of rated pilots routinely fly IFR.
IMC, of course, stands for instrument meteorological conditions, which are clouds or other obscurations that prevent you from seeing the horizon and only the instruments can show you the attitude and flight path of the airplane. IFR stands for instrument flight rules and flying IFR simply means that you are flying in the system with an IFR clearance that assigns you an altitude, course, and so on. Only a very small part of IFR flying is in actual IMC, but flying IMC is the hard part - what the IMC Club hopes to help pilots understand. The IMC Club is forming chapters across the country where pilots can meet monthly.
The seminars at AirVenture will be patterned on a typical IMC Club hangar flying meeting. What won't be typical is that experts from the NTSB will join in to discuss crucial safety aspects of GA safety.
For more information on the IMC Club, click here.