The IMC Club International has announced creation of a "Special Membership Group" as an instrument pilot safety initiative targeting "elite" pilots "dedicated to the consistent and constant improvement of their instrument flying skill." The new group will operate within the IMC Club as the "Inner Marker Circle." Current, proficient IFR pilots are invited to join provided they meet "the more demanding standards of the IMC Club." IMC Club intends to form the group from a collection of pilots dedicated to continuous improvement in the arena of instrument flying skills. IMC Club International president Radek Wyrzykowski says he hopes the group will become an "aviation safety cult." Membership will also come with the potential for some financial reward.
According to IMC Club International, members will be granted a special membership card and automatically enrolled into a drawing for an annual subscription to IFR Magazine, an IMC Club BrightLine Flight Bag, and a $1000 Proficiency Scholarship to be awarded annually at AirVenture Oshkosh. To be considered for membership pilots must already be a member in good standing of IMC Club International and have flown one or more instrument approaches in each of the six months prior to application. Approaches flown in actual conditions, simulated instrument conditions, or in FAA Certified AATD Flight Simulators are accepted.