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 https://weatherspork.com. You’ll find a menu selection near the top of this page to login.
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.
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)
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.
Weather Systems Engineer