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July 2024 EZNews

Updated: Jul 11

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read the 39th issue of EZNews!


We really appreciate those that have set up their account to renew their EZWxBrief membership automatically each month. If you have not, please take a few minutes to sign in and go to the User Profile page and click on the Renew button. This will allow you to set up your monthly renewal using a Visa, MasterCard or Discover credit card. This will guarantee that you stay connected and continue to enjoy the simplicity of EZWxBrief.


We highly value those members who have chosen to enable automatic renewal of their EZWxBrief membership on a monthly basis. If you haven't done so yet, please sign in and visit the User Profile page and click on the Renew button. By doing this, you can establish your monthly renewal with a Visa, MasterCard, or Discover credit card. This ensures that you remain connected and continue to enjoy the simplicity of EZWxBrief.


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 180+ page Pilots Guide for more information on how to install EZWxBrief as a PWA on all of your devices.


We need your help!


If you are enjoying the simplicity of EZWxBrief v2.0, we need your help to get the word out to other pilots. This release is long overdue, but after 18 months of development and a substantial financial investment, this innovative product can go a long way to helping general pilots plan a safe flight using a minimal amount of their valuable time. It's the only application available on the market that allows pilots to quickly assess and quantify their personal risk with an extremely reasonable monthly subscription price. If you have a social media account or any other means to let other pilots know about this groundbreaking progressive web app, please point them to https://ezwxbrief.com. We greatly appreciate your help in spreading the word!


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! 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 David St. George. David is the executive director of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) and is a master CFI. 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.


We will take a break for July to prepare for AirVenture, Nevertheless, stay tuned for our next live program Wednesday, August 14th at 3 pm EDT as we chat with Rich Stowell. Rich is a recognized subject matter expert in loss of control in light airplanes, the 2014 National FAA Safety Team Rep of the Year, and the 2006 National Flight Instructor of the Year. Rich is a joy to chat with.


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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.


Come visit us at AirVenture 2024


Hard to believe, but it's that time again! EZWxBrief will have a booth (4003) once again at EAA's AirVenture in Hangar D this year and we are looking forward to meeting many of you there. Stop by during the event and say hello and get a demonstration of EZWxBrief v2.0 or attend one of Scott's many presentations planned throughout the week including two presentations on the Skew-T log (p) diagram. Mark your calendars - the schedule is shown below or click here for his schedule online.

Mark your calendars!


Starting on Monday, July 15th, keep an eye out for The Daily EZ Weather Brief, AirVenture edition with live analysis of the weather for anyone planning to fly to the event or if you want to learn more about how to interpret all of those pesky forecasts. The program will be daily with the last episode on Friday, July 19th. The schedule for these episodes will be posted on the EZWxBrief YouTube community page. If you cannot attend live, they will be recorded and will appear in this playlist so they will be easy to find. Don't forget to subscribe to the EZWxBrief YouTube channel (@ezwxbrief) to avoid missing these daily programs. Please spread the word to other pilots on your own social media accounts and to anyone who might benefit from watching these daily videos.


Before you leave the show this year, feel free to stop by the booth during the week and ask Scott to do an overview the weather using EZWxBrief for your departure out of the Oshkosh area and back to your home base. Lastly, we'll have plenty of The Skew-T log (p) and Me and a few Pilot Weather books for sale if you are interested. Looking forward to seeing you in Oshkosh this year!


Try and try again...


Convective outlooks issue by the Aviation Weather Center (AWC) are forecasts that describe where convection may develop that meets SIGMET criteria over the next two to six hours. But finding those convective outlooks on aviationweather.gov was difficult at best. Convective outlooks that are issued by the AWC meteorologist at the convective SIGMET desk have been well hidden on their website for over a decade. And when they discontinued much of the static weather imagery in October 2023 an again in May 2024, it was the only place left where you could find these very useful forecasts. They said it was a legacy product that did not fit well into the Graphical Forecasts for Aviation (GFA) that eventually replaced the area forecasts that were discontinued in 2018.



Sometimes it takes dozens of emails and a lot of patience to finally break through to the government. After many back and forth emails to the right people, it was finally added to the thunderstorm weather GFA page as gold-colored polygons over the automated thunderstorm forecast from the National Digital Forecast Database (NDFD).


Suspension of radiosonde observations at Tallahassee, Florida


Effective July 1, 2024, and until further notice, the National Weather Service (NWS) is indefinitely suspending radiosonde observations at Tallahassee, Florida, due to a global supply chain disruption of helium, and the prohibitive cost of the helium gas contracts. The Tallahassee station has NWS Upper Air identifier ‘KTAE’ and World Meteorological Organization (WMO) Upper Air site number, ‘72214.’ The NWS launches radiosondes from 100 Upper Air sites throughout the United States and the Caribbean, using helium at 12 of these sites. Hydrogen is the preferred gas because it is cost-effective and a more reliable gas option. The agency plans to convert many sites to Hydrogen as soon as practical and as funding becomes available. However, safety concerns prevent Hydrogen from being used as an option at the current Tallahassee upper-air facility.


In the near term, the affected site will benefit from data collected by radiosonde observations from neighboring upper-air sites, polar and geostationary satellite soundings, and from instruments on aircraft flying into nearby airports. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and United States Air Force aircraft also provide special soundings during tropical storms.


EZWxBrief v2.0 update


Since v2.0 was released at the end of May we have been squashing bugs, making the platform more stable and adding new features as described in the release notes for v.2.0.1 that includes new icing and turbulence static weather imagery. This is to replace the icing and turbulence static imagery that had been discontinued by the Aviation Weather Center. Nevertheless, we are still working through several minor issues and hope to resume development after AirVenture has concluded. If you find any issues while you are using this progressive web app, please send them to our awesome support team and we will do our best to find out what is going on.


Most pilots are weatherwise, but some are otherwise™


Dr. Scott Dennstaedt

Weather Systems Engineer

Founder, EZWxBrief™

CFI & former NWS meteorologist






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