News: PilotEdge & IMC Club Team Up For IFR Proficiency Center At Oshkosh

Posted Monday, July 28, 2014

PilotEdge and IMC Club are collaborating on the newly-launched IFR Pilot Proficiency Center at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014. Pilots will experience a series of carefully crafted IFR flights, specifically designed to get them flying “in the system,” while exposing them to increasingly challenging tasks.

“We’re exciting to be working with PilotEdge at the IFR Proficiency Center” said Radek Wyrzykowski, founder of IMC Club, “they are able to provide a critical piece of the puzzle when it comes to simulating IFR flight which is the interaction with Air Traffic Control.”

The one hour sequence culminates in a brief but challenging end to end flight to a nearby airport in low IFR conditions. This includes picking up an IFR clearance and taxiing at a busy, unfamiliar airport. These are tasks that are often overlooked in simulator-based training.

PilotEdge uses real people to deliver Air Traffic Control services to a wide range of flight simulators, including the Redbird TD2 devices that will be used at the IFR Proficiency Center.

“Instrument flight doesn’t happen in a vacuum,” said Keith Smith, PilotEdge founder, “pilots will need to divide their attention between flying the airplane, listening for their tail number among all the chatter, working with ATC and maintaining a high level of situational awareness – just like real flying.”

“We’re thrilled to be involved in the project and working with IMC Club,” said Keith, “PilotEdge and IMC Club share a similar vision for raising the bar for IFR pilots. It’s a natural fit and has resulted in a very productive collaboration.”