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June 2024 EZNews

Updated: Jul 11

Hello and thanks for reading the 38th edition of EZNews!

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 Tim F., Aldo W. and William P. who all renewed their membership for $100 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 180+ page Pilots Guide for more information on how to install EZWxBrief as a PWA on all of your devices.

EZWxBrief v2.0 has been released!

Long overdue, but after 18 months of development and a substantial financial investment, EZWxBrief v2.0 made its debut on Tuesday, May 28th at 7 a.m. EDT. The primary reason for this release is to build on a stable hardware platform and solid software infrastructure to improve performance of the app and redesign the user interface to make it more intuitive for new users. Base on early adopters of v2.0, we hit the nail on the head! We are getting a great deal of positive feedback that users love the new interface and are very pleased with its performance.

Having said that, we have not tested on all device types, so if you experience any weirdness in the presentation of the app, especially on a smartphone, please send us a support request here. We will do our best to get it resolved as soon as possible. New minor releases will be issued daily to fix some of these issues. We are also working through heavy server load due to many users trying out the new app. This has overwhelmed the server on a few occasions taking it down or causing the app to have poor response times loading the route profile. Once the rush dies down in the next few weeks, we should see less of those issues moving forward.

Finally, if you haven't set up your account to renew automatically, please take a few minutes to visit your user profile and click on that renew button and enter your credit card (Visa, MasterCard and Discover only), This will make sure that you stay connected to EZWxBrief from month to month.

For more information on the changes and updates to the app, please read the latest release notes and the 180+ page Pilots Guide. Lastly, please let other pilots know about this new and improved release and post it on your social media sites so your followers will have an opportunity to try it out. We appreciate your business and look forward to continual innovation in the coming months and years.

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...

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 Tuesday, June 11th at 2 pm EDT as we chat with David St. George. David is the executive director of the Society of Aviation and Flight Educators better known as SAFE. We'll explore the challenges CFIs face in today's connected world and chat about the addition of more weather requirements in the CFI-ACS. We also look forward to chatting with Matt Johnson in July. Matt is an EMS helicopter pilot and DPE located in Ohio. We'll talk with him about the unique aspects of flying a helicopter in adverse weather. On the schedule for August is 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.

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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 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 or attend one of Scott's many presentations planned throughout the week including an overview of EZWxBrief v2.0 and two presentations on the Skew-T log (p) diagram. So mark your calendar. The complete schedule is still being finalized and will be posted in the July edition of EZNews. So far he is confirmed at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at the NAFI Professional Development Center (PDC) and will be speaking on "Three key icing lessons." He is also confirmed to present at the AOPA Pavilion on Monday at 2 p.m. on "Five things you must know about datalink weather."

Mark your calendars!

Starting on Tuesday, July 16th, 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. 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 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 Pilot Weather books for sale. Looking forward to seeing you in Oshkosh this year!

King Air accident update

The NTSB just released the final report of a King Air E-90 that crashed on approach to Parkersburg, West Virginia on the morning of October 18, 2022. Initial weather analysis was offered in this blog post suspected the potential of an ice contaminated tailplane stall (ICTS) as the probable cause of this accident. The NTSB agreed and stated in their final factual report...

"The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be: Structural icing on the tailplane that resulted in a tailplane stall and subsequent loss of control."

A future blog post will likely be written to add some additional details to the original post.

Most pilots are weatherwise, but some are otherwise™

Dr. Scott Dennstaedt

Weather Systems Engineer

Founder, EZWxBrief™

CFI & former NWS meteorologist

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