Two Minute Video Tip
February 13 , 2013
Join as a Regular or Elite member and you'll have access to a growing library of aviation weather workshops. Want a more personal touch? Consider one-on-one online training with meteorologist and CFI Scott Dennstaedt. So what are you waiting for? Click here to join now!
Here's what others are saying...
"The trip on Friday went perfectly, the weather behaved as we had discussed in our online briefing. Since I ended up leaving later than planned it was VMC all the time. On Sunday on the way back I was IMC all the time. I have to say that, thanks to all of your great teaching, I was confident, dare I almost say knew, that there were no issues with the weather. It was clear that the the atmosphere was stable along my route of flight and that the freezing level was way above my intended altitude."
- Jean-Noel Pederzani (Member)
Below are the five most recent workshops. Click here to see a list of ALL workshops available in this growing library.
The cutoff low
Added on: May 10, 2013 Duration: 6 minutes
Cutoff lows are notorious for overstaying their welcome. These pesky lows have very specific characteristics and produce weather that tends to surprise even the most astute pilot. Even though they are ordinarily pretty well forecast days...
The 3000-foot rule
Added on: March 27, 2013 Duration: 7 minutes
Pilots are taught many rules of thumb with respect to weather. In many instances they can replace real weather analysis, and therefore, lead to poor decisions. If you ask an instrument pilot about rules of thumb related to airframe icing, they will usually bring up one known as the...
Low-topped convection - Snow pellets in Southern California
Added on: February 22, 2013 Duration: 9 minutes
Snow pellets or graupel are the cold season’s version of hail. They ordinarily occur during the winter months, but can be seen reaching the surface just about any time of the year at the highest elevations in the Rockies. While they aren’t a huge threat to pilots other than the potential for...
Added on: January 29, 2013 Duration: 5 minutes
During the cold season, it is quite common to hear the term freezing fog used during your standard briefing especially if you fly in Canada or the northern third of the U.S. When looking online or contained in a DUATs briefing, you may also see...
Skew-T log (p) tip number 17 - How to identify an erroneous surface observation
Added on: January 7, 2013 Duration: 5 minutes
It is quite easy for a pilot to casually accept routine (METAR) or special (SPECI) surface observations at face value. While it is especially important to be wary of automated surface observations, it is imperative to verify the integrity of...
Most pilots would agree that weather impacts our flying activity more than any other physical factor. The pilot is prepared; the plane is airworthy, but the weather always seems to be the fly in the ointment. At AvWxWorkshops.com, we want to build your weather acuity through a growing library of "bite-sized" aviation weather workshops. Each of these "point-and-click" workshops is developed and narrated by Scott C. Dennstaedt. Scott's unique qualifications as an FAA-certificated instrument flight instructor and former NWS research meteorologist delivers an unprecedented value whether you are a newly certificated private pilot or seasoned professional. Now is the time to join; become a Regular member or an Elite member and begin a journey of discovery like you've never experienced. Let us show you how to minimize your exposure to adverse weather to gain the most utility from your aircraft while maintaining the highest level of safety. You owe it to yourself to advance your current level of aviation weather knowledge beyond the basics. You will not be disappointed.
Here's what others are saying about AvWxWorkshops.com...
"I am amazed at the quality of your workshops. They are first class and superior to most of the Sporty's-type DVD courses I've bought-but better organized and better taught. You are one of the first instructors I've encountered with a substantive body of knowledge that is independent of flying skills, per se, but which is vital to piloting, not matter the level. And it is so applicable to any pilot, at any level, in any aircraft!"
- Dr. Harvey Moore (Elite member)
"I just finished your premium workshop on the Skew-T log (p) diagram last week. Someone referred to it on the AOPA discussion forums so I followed up on it. Although I have gone through all the primary training that a CFI gets, I understand a great deal more after going through your Skew-T program. It is not just a matter of learning what the lines on the graph represent, but the Skew-Ts give you such a great visual representation of what is happening vertically. By the way, I read on the forum that the CD was pricey...they are wrong!"
- Bill Given (Regular member)
"I flew today with my instructor to do some refresher IFR training in actual IMC. Due to the training you gave me, plus all our conversations about convection, stability, CAPE, lifted index, SPC discussions, etc. I had very high confidence that the large areas of moderate rain over our area were non-convective and would be smooth air. We had stable conditions in widespread rain today, and my instructor was very impressed with my ability to explain why I was pretty certain we'd be in smooth, non-convective rain. I don't think we had a single bump the entire flight, even with rain pounding down on the windshield as we flew through some areas of yellow. Thanks for the added confidence you've given me."
- Mike Heir (Elite member)
Need to review the weather before an upcoming flight? Want live, personalized one-on-one training with an aviation weather expert? Through the magic and bandwidth of high-speed Internet and the newest conferencing software, live online training can now be part of your formal education process without leaving the comfort of your home or business. Conferencing software enables a peer-to-peer or many-to-many medium for formal aviation weather training.
More than just a web cam, online training offers live video and audio web conferencing with advanced features such as PowerpointTM presentation support, screen annotation and desktop sharing. Desktop sharing enables the instructor to show a formal presentation, share an image or application or surf the Internet in real time while the participant follows along; it's as if you are looking over the instructor's shoulder. Audio is accomplished via a telephone or using voice over IP (VoIP).
Here's what others are saying about their online training...
"The trip on Friday went perfectly, the weather behaved as we had discussed in our online session. Since I ended up leaving later than planned it was VMC all the time. On Sunday on the way back I was IMC all the time. I have to say that, thanks to all of your great teaching, I was confident, dare I almost say knew, that there were no issues with the weather. It was clear that the the atmosphere was stable along my route of flight and that the freezing level was way above my intended altitude."
- Jean-Noel Pederzani (Regular member)
Considering all causes of pilot-related accidents, weather remains the most lethal to the general aviation pilot. Three out of every four weather accidents in the U.S. result in one or more fatalities. These accidents can be seen primarily as failures of preflight planning and in-flight decision-making. Pilots make poor judgments because their core knowledge is lacking or flawed and they are missing the critical skill set to separate truly benign weather from adverse weather.
Beyond the Weather Brief is a unique two-day aviation weather workshop taught by CFI and former NWS research meteorologist, Scott C. Dennstaedt. This workshop is designed to remove much of the guesswork out of your preflight analysis by filling in those gaps in knowledge to take over where your primary training has left off. If you want to enhance your preflight and in-flight situational awareness beyond the standard briefing, be sure to reserve your seat to Beyond the Weather Brief. It will challenge your most basic understanding of the weather.
Here's what others are saying about attending a live workshop...
"I thoroughly enjoyed the Beyond The Wx Brief workshop this weekend. It was terrific having someone with your knowledge who is also a flight instructor and is totally tuned-in to how most of us in the workshop are using our technically advanced aircraft. You had a number of weather charts which are a much better version of some of the charts I have used in the past. It was particularly informative to begin to understand how to layer the charts to pull together information that may be very pertinent to address particular flight conditions which are of concern. I would love to attend the next version or even re-attend the workshop that you gave this weekend. I will also consider a one-on-one online session with you since I am sure that would be very helpful."
- Diane Rohman (Elite member)
"As a weather newbie, let me reinforce the comments above. There is so much that's missed by the standard briefing one gets from DUATS or Lockheed Martin Flight Services. Scott highlighted multiple examples of how to read between the lines and use products, such as the Skew-T log (p) diagram, to drill down for better information. The seminar was filled with lots of 'did you know that [fill in the blank]?' revelations that filled 20 pages of my notes in addition to Scott's slides. I can see why other pilots would repeat this seminar, because it is full of practical information. The day and a half program was interactive with lots of excellent questions from the attendees that added to the learning experience."
- Mark Waddell (Elite member)
"Just a quick note to say how much I enjoyed the Beyond The Wx Brief workshop last weekend. I had a superficial understanding of the subject matter and the workshop helped to tie elements together. One of the most valuable parts for me was the very beginning of the workshop, going over the thermodynamic basics. What happens when a parcel of air rises, for example."
- Chris Howitt (Elite member)