AirVenture attraction a draw for IFR pilots

July 7, 2014

Pilots can now add improving their instrument proficiency to the long list of reasons to attend EAA AirVenture 2014 in Oshkosh, Wis.

The Experimental Aircraft Association and the aviation social organization The IMC Club have announced the opening of a new "hub" that will offer instrument pilots attending the annual aviation gathering a variety of educational, training, and peer-group activities, at no charge.

The new facility, to be known as the IFR Proficiency Center, will be open every day of AirVenture from July 28 to Aug. 3, featuring "Tech Talks, IMC Club chapter meetings, and eight Redbird flight simulators on which pilots can gauge their instrument proficiency by flying various approach scenarios," the two organizations said in a news release.

"Instrument flying skills are key to a great many of our members," said EAA Chairman Jack Pelton. "The IFR Proficiency Center will add an important dimension to AirVenture and another destination site for our guests."

Experts from navigation solutions company Jeppesen will conduct six Tech Talks to be presented two per day on topics including glass cockpit secrets, weather planning, and instrument chart tips and tricks.

Pilots interested in learning what the buzz about the IMC Club is all about can attend a model chapter meeting intended "to demonstrate the 'organized hangar flying'" for which the club has become known in the aviation community.

Pilots looking for more hands-on work with instrument flying will find eight Redbird flight simulators available for checking on and improving proficiency "by flying multiple instrument approaches under the direction of actual air traffic controllers."

"This is a unique attraction at AirVenture and a great way to help pilots feel more comfortable and capable in our instrument system," said Radek Wyrzykowski, founder and president of The IMC Club.

Dan Namowitz

Dan Namowitz | Aviation Writer

Dan Namowitz is an aviation writer and flight instructor. He has been a pilot since 1985 and an instructor since 1990.