New Aviation Weather eBook Digs Into Forecasts

‘The Skew-T log (p) and Me’ aims to make flight planning more effective.

Boosting knowledge about weather can help make pilots safer. [iStock]

Avwxworkshops Inc. announced the release of a new aviation weather eBook, The Skew-T log (p) and Me, written by aviation author and FLYING contributor Scott Dennstaedt.

The book is meant to give general aviation pilots a better understanding of weather principles and the tools needed to give weather proper consideration during flight planning. The SkewT diagram, which is a thermodynamic chart used by professional weather trackers, is at the center of the story.

“While the Skew-T is used every day by weather forecasters, in recent years there has been a huge interest in the aviation world for a comprehensive book on this topic,” said Dennstaedt, who also co-authored, with airline pilot Doug Morris, the book, Pilot Weather: From Solo to the Airlines.

Dennstaedt is an instrument flight instructor (CFII) and former National Weather Service research meteorologist. He holds a Ph.D. in infrastructures and environmental systems from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

The Skew-T diagram lets the pilot see how conditions are likely to develop based in part on the characteristics of temperature and atmospheric pressure. Avwxworkshops Inc. says the Skew-T helps pilots “drill down” to uncover weather information over a particular spot/location and develop more thorough and effective preflight briefings.

The book is almost 300 pages long and includes more than 200 diagrams, photos, and other images that help make a complex topic easier to understand.

There are two versions of the eBook available. The standard version is on sale for $49.95. There is also a version for $89.95 that includes free updates for reviews of the book that will be released annually through July 26, 2027, the company said.

Founded in 2017, Avwxworkshops Inc. is a privately held company based in Charlotte, North Carolina, that owns and operates the EZWxBrief web app. Among the app’s features is the EZDeparture Advisor, which the company describes as a “route-based personal risk assessment tool” that evaluates weather forecasts on a pilot’s planned route and incorporates the pilot’s personal weather minimums in assessing risk. The tool helps pilots determine the best flight departure time while minimizing exposure to adverse weather.

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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