March 2018 SporkNews

Hello and welcome to WeatherSpork!

March 1, 2018 was the public debut of WeatherSpork, your best online source for aviation weather and education.  At WeatherSpork, we couldn’t be more pleased at the response we’ve gotten thus far.  Over the last month we’ve received a ton of very positive feedback you can read here. A big thanks to our current members and to all of those that have taken the leap of faith and joined the WeatherSpork family.  We appreciate how many of you have already spread the word to other pilots about this awesome new app. Please keep that momentum going!

What’s new

This month we spent refining the app, making it more stable and fixing a few bugs.  You will find a history of the content of each of our releases on our website here.  At WeatherSpork, we are working hard to add new functionality to the app.  While we don’t have specific dates,  we have dozens of groundbreaking features we are planning to add over the next year – you can read about a few of those here in Scott’s blog, The Spork Report.

From time to time we will be adding new weather imagery to the WeatherSpork app. In this month we add the National Forecast Chart.  It will describe the big picture of the weather over the next three days.  Read more about that new imagery in The Spork Report here.

Webinars

In March we held two free live webinars.  If you were not able to attend, you can enjoy the recorded version of the second webinar here.  We will likely hold one or two free webinars each month as we introduce new functionality and provide some tips on how to use the app in the context of your preflight weather planning.  If you want to be notified when these webinars are occurring, be sure that you have your email preferences set appropriately by logging into avwxworkshops.com and review your settings under the My Account page.

Running WeatherSpork on portable devices

We have been beta testing the WeatherSpork app on Android devices and feedback thus far has been excellent. For the moment, if you don’t have an iPad or iPhone, no problem.  WeatherSpork is designed to work on any of your portable devices using an Internet browser.  In fact, it’ll look and operate just like the app.  To have the best experience, however, we recommend using Google Chrome to launch the web-based version of WeatherSpork.

Come visit us at Sun ‘n Fun this year 

If you are headed to Lakeland, Florida this year for Sun ‘n Fun, be sure to mark your calendars for an Introduction to WeatherSpork. This will be a live presentation to be held Tuesday, April 10, 2018, starting at 13:00 EDT in Room CFAA-9.   The program offers one credit for Basic Knowledge towards the Wings program.   For more information or to reserve your seat you can visit the FAASTeam.gov website here.  Looking forward to meeting you there!

Stay tuned for more SporkNews next month.  Fasten your seat belts, we are “all” in to make your weather planning much simpler so you can fly with more confidence.

“Most pilots are weatherwise, but some are otherwise.”

Scott Dennstaedt
Weather Systems Engineer
Co-founder, WeatherSpork

Scott Dennstaedt

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CFI and former NWS research meteorologist. Founder of AvWxWorkshops.com and co-founder of WeatherSpork
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