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April 2024 EZNews

Hello and thanks for reading the 36th edition of EZNews!



It is hard to believe, but it was three years ago on April 7th when EZWxBrief made its world debut. We really appreciate those that have recently joined, renewed their annual membership or signed up for auto-renewal. A special shout out goes out to David D. who renewed for $72, Lester V. who renewed for $80, George M. who renew for $90, and Diogo R. who renewed their membership for $121.50 this past month. We truly appreciate your generosity which helps support our continued innovation and growth moving forward.


For members new to EZWxBrief, you won't find EZWxBrief in the App Store or Google Play Store. For the best user experience, EZWxBrief is optimized to run as a progressive web app (PWA) and must be installed on your device which takes less than 10 seconds per device. Follow the link to the blog post above or see the 140+ page Pilots Guide for more information on how to install EZWxBrief as a PWA on all of your devices. Also check out our playlist on YouTube for some helpful videos on how to use the various features found in EZWxBrief.


Three seats remain for the Skew-T Weather Essentials live class


With the Weather Essentials for Pilots 12-week class completed, the Skew-T Weather Essentials live class taught by Dr. Scott Dennstaedt is now open for registration! This one-of-a-kind live 12-week class will begin on Monday, April 15th at 8 pm EDT. Each 60-minute class will be recorded and a private link to the recording will be provided the following day. Therefore, it is not mandatory that you attend each live class to get the most from the course. The tuition for the twelve-week class is $395. This class has just three seats available, so register today to reserve your seat! If you have already registered for the class, sit back and relax, we will be reaching out to you shortly to summarize the details for the upcoming class.


    

This class is less about learning how to use the Skew-T log (p) diagram and more about learning the fundamental principles and building blocks of aviation weather. The tool makes for a great canvas or backdrop to teach you about what causes the formation of clouds, fog, airframe icing, turbulence, and thunderstorms, just to name a few. In other words, you need to understand these basic principles of weather first, before mastering how to interpret the Skew-T log (p) diagram for your preflight weather planning and analysis.


Each class will be on Monday nights at 8 p.m. EDT with the last class to be held on Monday, July 1st. We will reserve one additional class reserved on July 8th in the event of illness, travel and/or spillover. For this class it is recommended that you purchase a softcover or digital copy of The Skew-T log (p) and Me: A Primer for Pilots. It will be the text used exclusively in class for reading assignments and homework.


Weather Essentials for Pilots recordings are on sale!


If you were not able to attend the live Weather Essentials for Pilots class that finished on March 25th, you now have the option to purchase all of the recordings from this live 12-week course. Click here to purchase your copy! Don't delay, you'll receive a $50 discount if you purchase this before April 15, 2024. This summary guide that you will download upon purchase includes the following -

  1. Table of contents

  2. Hyperlinks to the twelve unlisted video recordings of each class

  3. Hyperlinks to a PDF containing the slides for each class

  4. Hyperlinks to each quiz and quiz answers for each class

This is provided for your personal use only. Please do not share this PDF or post it online. We appreciate your cooperation.


"Who's who in Aviation & Weather" YouTube series continues...


We had a great time chatting with Rod Machado who is a nationally-known flight instructor and aviation author in our latest "Who's Who in Aviation & Weather" series. Rod needs no introduction and has a long and storied career in aviation. You can watch this episode here.


This YouTube program will bring you the latest news and insights from the top minds in the aviation and weather industries. With a focus on weather, each month we'll feature interviews with leading experts on topics such as air traffic control, flight safety, forecasting, flight instruction and more. We'll also explore the latest trends and developments in these fields, and provide you with the information you need to stay ahead of the learning curve. So join us every four to six weeks as we explore the latest news and trends in these two fascinating industries.


Stay tuned for our next live program on April 17th at 2 pm EDT. We are very excited to be talking with Mark Robidoux, founder of Pilotworkshops.com. On the schedule for this spring, we'll be talking with other industry experts this year to include Matt Johnson, an EMS helicopter pilot and DPE and David St. George executive director of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators better known as SAFE.


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The program will be hosted live on EZWxBrief's YouTube channel. If you cannot attend live, the episodes are recorded and will become available on the same channel shortly after the live broadcast ends. You can also find them in the Who's Who in Aviation & Weather playlist. The exact date and time for future episodes will be announced through this blog and will appear on the EZWxBrief YouTube community page.


Attending SUN 'n FUN?

Join us for the 50th Annual SUN 'n FUN Aerospace Expo, April 9-14, 2024.

Two words...


Air Conditioning! You heard that right. If you are attending SUN 'n FUN this year, stop by the Future 'n Flight Plaza and COOL OFF with us in the A/C at the Innovation Showcase tent. And we also hear there's beer nearby. We are really excited about being chosen this year to participate as an exhibitor in the inaugural Innovation Showcase. This will be held at the 50th annual SUN 'n FUN event in Lakeland, Florida. This means that EZWxBrief will be highlighted as a product that has contributed to safety within the aviation community for its unique and innovative approach to preflight planning. Please stop by and say hello and get a demo of EZWxBrief v2.0 or attend one of several presentations by former NWS research meteorologist and CFI, Dr. Scott Dennstaedt.



We will also be holding multiple presentations at the Future ‘n Flight Forums tent that is reserved exclusively for Innovation Showcase exhibitors. We will be in booth # 21 in the Innovation Showcase tent located in the Future ‘n Flight Plaza which is also known as the Northeast Exhibits area. Below are the topics, times and locations for our eight presentations throughout the event. CFAA-01 is the big room (cafeteria) in the school. You can also find the full forum schedule here. Just type in Dennstaedt in the search field to see all of his scheduled presentations.



Visible and infrared satellite imagery has been restored


We have restored a new version of the visible and infrared static weather imagery after it was discontinued by the Aviation Weather Center (AWC) on October 16, 2023. This new version provides a view of the conterminous U.S. as well as regional views and the Gulf of Mexico. As time permits, we will be attempting to restore more of the other static imagery that was removed after the AWC update in October.


EZWxBrief v2.0 update


Good news! We have hired a new developer to work with us to get EZWxBrief v2.0 across the finish line. We appreciate your patience. Look for several emails and blog posts to be sent in the next six to eight weeks that will announce the availability of EZWxBrief v2.0. This will include release notes and instructions on how to migrate to this new version. There have been a lot of changes that will address much of the feedback that we've received over the last three years. We look forward to hearing from you about your initial impressions of EZWxBrief v2.0! And we look forward to more innovation with your help and contributions.

Most pilots are weatherwise, but some are otherwise™


Dr. Scott Dennstaedt

Weather Systems Engineer

Founder, EZWxBrief™

CFI & former NWS meteorologist






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