Doctor Says He Has a Cure for VFR Into IMC Flight

EZWxBrief helps pilots visualize upcoming weather.

Icons show the expected flight category, magenta, LIFR; red, IFR; blue MVFR; and green VFR.Courtesy Scott Dennstaedt

Dr. Scott Dennstaedt says, “General aviation has been plagued with a deadly virus for many decades called VFR into IMC. Flying visual flight rules (VFR) into instrument meteorological conditions (IMC) continues to be the leading cause of fatal weather-related accidents.” Dennstaedt says his new product EZWxBrief is a cure for this virus. “Many general aviation pilots have a difficult time recognizing the potential for adverse weather along their proposed route of flight, so I developed this automated application that gives them that guidance while factoring in their own personal weather minimums. EZWxBrief helps to quantify the pilot’s personal risk as it relates to weather and provides simple visualizations to enhance situational awareness along the route.”

In a news release, Dennstaedt said, “EZWxBrief is an affordable progressive web application elegantly designed to blend supplemental weather guidance with the general aviation pilot’s personal weather minimums and expert weather training. All of this is uniquely integrated with the EZDeparture Advisor to instantly let you know the most favorable time to depart to mitigate personal risk and minimize the pilot’s exposure to adverse weather.” An annual subscription to EZWxBrief is $79.

Dr. Scott Dennstaedt is a certified flight instructor and former NWS research meteorologist who over the last two decades has been teaching pilots of all experience levels how to minimize their exposure to adverse weather. Dennstaedt has published more than 200 weather-related articles in various aviation magazines and is the co-author of Pilot Weather: From Solo to the Airlines.