“Passage of AB-48 sets a sad and dangerous precedent for the future of aviation in the US. As an organization designed to promote safety among instrument rated pilots, IMC Clubs is deeply concerned by California's unfortunate decision to pass legislation that will end the careers of many flight instructors and force flight schools out of business. America's freedom to fly is being threatened again by shortsighted bureaucracies desperate to fund government programs during these tough financial times. Their desperation will impose unfair burdens on flight instructors and flight schools such as the initial application fee, more than $5,000. The legislation also requires a yearly application fee of $1,000
These fees would be required simply for an independent flight instructor to continue plying his or her trade. During these tough financial times where student enrollment is already drastically reduced one has to ask the simple question, "How many flight instructors have an extra $5,000 lying around". It is clear that many flight instructors will be forced to look for work elsewhere, increasing the already crowded ranks of the unemployed and crippling flight instruction across this great nation.
Pilot safety is at risk. Forcing flight instructors, the very backbone of aviation safety, out of their jobs will mean less instruction, poorly educated pilots and will drastically compromise the safety of aviation. IMC Clubs strongly opposes this legislation.
For the IMC Clubs Board of Directors and the IMC Clubs Members:
Radek. R. Wyrzykowski – President
Ken Dustin – Vice President”
More information can be found at www.imcclubs.org
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The IMC Club is a membership based organization focused on instrument rated pilots and flight instructors, with a network of chapters throughout the nation. It's intent is to create a community of pilots in order to share information, provide recognition, foster communications, promote safety and build proficiency in instrument flying.