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Scott Dennstaedt

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Dr. Scott Dennstaedt

Founder of the EZWxBrief progressive web app, Scott is a nationally-known expert in aviation weather. He has worked as a meteorologist for the past 42 years and has a doctorate in Infrastructures and Environmental Systems from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC). With a background as a research meteorologist, commercial pilot, and experienced CFI, he has logged 4000 hours over the last 25 years and offers a unique approach to teaching general aviation pilots how to minimize their exposure to adverse weather.

Scott is a widely published aviation author and has written over 300 articles for various aviation magazines since he earned his flight instructor certificate in the late 1990s.  He is the author of The Skew-T log (p) and Me: A Primer for Pilots published in 2021 and is a contributing editor for FLYING magazine. He is also the co-author of Pilot Weather: From Solo to the Airlines, the new gold standard in aviation texts for pilots at all experience levels.

Over the last 20 years, Scott has been speaking regularly at many aviation events throughout the United States on various weather topics. In his spare time Scott volunteers as EAA's subject matter expert on weather.

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Dr. Scott Dennstaedt

Sweat the Showers, Not the Thunderstorms
Pilots often are taught during their primary training to avoid deep, moist convection also known as thunderstorms. While thunderstorms are dangerous and important to avoid, it’s not the most significant weather threat during the warm season. In this program, Dr. Dennstaedt will show you why benign-appearing cells can actually be more dangerous than a supercell thunderstorm.

Target audience is general aviation pilots. One hour program

Avoiding VFR Into IMC: The Importance of Personal Responsibility
Visual Flight Rules (VFR) into Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) kills more general aviation pilots each year than accidents related to icing, turbulence and thunderstorms combined. Dr. Dennstaedt will look at the reasons why good pilots make these deadly mistakes. 

Target audience is general aviation pilots. One hour program

Understanding the Proper Use of Datalink Weather
Datalink weather can be a huge benefit during the warm season when convection is the dominant risk. Knowing how to use it safely is key to minimizing your exposure to dangerous convective turbulence. Dr. Dennstaedt will discuss the five key datalink weather products and their limitations.

Target audience is general aviation pilots. One hour program

Ice is Not Nice
Airframe ice can be a hazard anytime of the year, but it is especially problematic during the cold season when the freezing level is near the surface.  Dr. Dennstaedt will describe the most hazardous icing environments and dispel many myths about what most pilots are taught when it comes to ice avoidance.  

Target audience is general aviation pilots. One hour program

Additional weather subjects are available by request

Aviation Meteorology

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