EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (July 20, 2015) — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and the IMC Club have signed a letter of intent regarding EAA’s possible acquisition of the IMC program.
This letter, signed today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015, is only a preliminary step toward further discussion of a closer relationship with no legal commitments yet made.
“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 this Letter of Intent is only a preliminary document with no legal commitments, further information will be released when and if any formal agreement or transaction is completed.
About IMC Club
IMC Club, through its worldwide chapters, provides organized “hangar flying” focused on building proficiency in instrument flying. It is the only organization of its kind. 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 valuable 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 its members. IMC Club meetings provide a forum for promoting participation and discussion of IFR flying.
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