February 12, 2013
By Jim Moore
Mastering and maintaining the art of instrument navigation could earn you a custom brown leather flight jacket, along with a new headset from Sennheiser.
The IMC Club announced Feb. 8 the new “Instrument Master” award, and club members who meet various criteria including at least one approach per month (actual or simulated) will have a chance to win the top prize to be given each year at Sun ‘n Fun, starting in 2014.
“We are creating an award that is going to allow instrument pilots to compete on the basis of safety, common sense and self improvement, as well as participating in helping other pilots,” said IMC Club President Radek Wyrzykowski in a news release. “It is my sincere desire that this award will recognize the value and add to the prestige of those who master instrument flying. The Brown Jacket award will become an integral part of what our IMC Club’s Mission is all about.”
The club will choose one winner each year from the pool of eligible applicants, evaluating various criteria including recent instrument flight experience, and subscription and adherence to the Aviators Model Code of Conduct. The special brown leather flight jacket will come with a Sennheiser S1 digital aviation headset donated by the company.
“Private pilots recognize that their license is a license to learn, and those that commit to continuing their training have the unique opportunity to demonstrate the difference between currency and proficiency to their fellow pilots,” said Christian Pulm, head of Global Marketing & Strategy Development for Sennheiser.
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
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