April 2018 SporkNews

If you are new to WeatherSpork, we want to say welcome to the Spork family!  Each month we plan to send out this e-Newsletter we call SporkNews to keep you updated on the latest developments in WeatherSpork.  If you use social media, feel free to follow us on Twitter (@weathersporkapp), Facebook (http://facebook.com/weatherspork) and on our YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxHi72FoCshPjHC2vIFXCkg).  Of course, don’t forget to check out Scott’s blog, The Spork Report to learn more about weather and the app.

New features of WeatherSpork

In April 2018, we raised the roof on the Route Profile view.  WeatherSpork version 4.3.0 changed the maximum altitude displayed from FL200 to FL450.  The Meteogram view remains limited to FL200.  We also made a couple of other enhancements in version 4.3.0 you may be interested to learn.

For those pilots that exclusively use an Android device, in May we will be adding WeatherSpork to Google Play.  For now, WeatherSpork is designed to be responsive and will work nearly identical to the app on portable devices using a browser.  For the best experience we recommend Google Chrome.  To use the browser version of WeatherSpork, simply open a browser and visit http://weatherspork.com.  You’ll find a menu selection near the top of this page to login.

Missing airports

Since the app was released in March, we have gotten a fair number of questions about missing airports in WeatherSpork.  When initially designed, the app was predicated on having an aviation forecast (ceiling, visibility, wind, etc.) available at every airport.  Our signature feature, the Wheels Up Departure Advisor, needs to have these forecasts to evaluate the expected weather along the route of flight.  This meant that airports that did not have a MOS forecast were not included.  However, we are in the process of expanding this database to include most airports in the U.S. that have a surface observation (METAR).  For now, we suggest that you use the closest airport.  In most cases, the Route Profile, Map and Grid views will not be significantly different.  Airports outside of the U.S. will be added in the future.

Live workshops for 2018

If you’ve never attended the Weather Essentials for Pilots live workshop, it’s a great opportunity to dedicate a weekend to learn how to minimize your exposure to adverse weather.  It will challenge your most basic understanding of the weather. Four live workshops have been scheduled this year in the cities of Portland, Oregon (May 5-6), Milwaukee, Wisconsin (May 19-20), Williamsport, Pennsylvania (Sept 8-9) and Houston, Texas (Sept 22-23).  There are just a few seats remaining for Portland (registration cutoff is today at 5 pm EDT), but plenty available for the remaining workshops.  Elite members get a 15% discount on the price of tuition for this class. Details can be found here.  Come and learn more about weather.

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Speaking schedule for 2018

Scott will be speaking at the four AOPA fly-in events, AirVenture and the annual Cirrus Owners and Pilots Association Migration.  If you are planning to attend any of these events, please stop by and say hello!

  • AOPA fly-in, Missoula, Montana, June 16 at 9:00 a.m.
  • AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin (date and time TBD)
  • AOPA fly-in, Santa Fe, New Mexico, September 15 (time TBD)
  • AOPA fly-in, Carbondale, Illinois, October 6 (time TBD)
  • COPA Migration, Las Vegas, Nevada, October 13 (time TBD)
  • AOPA fly-in, Gulf Shores, Alabama, October 27 (time TBD)

New videos

Periodically throughout each month we will be creating educational videos like this one that explains what Model Output Statistics (MOS) is all about.  You also may have enjoyed our three part video series on thunderstorm planning with WeatherSpork.  Lastly, in this video we show you a little shortcut from the Route Profile view to the Airports view.

That’s it for the April edition of SporkNews.  As always, we need your help. Please take a few minutes today and spread the word to other pilots about this amazing new app that will get better with age and your support.

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

Scott Dennstaedt
Weather Systems Engineer
Co-founder, WeatherSpork

 

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

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