Aviation Weather

Aviation Weather Series

“Get the weather expertise you need!”

  • Get instant online access
  • Short, “bite-sized” video workshops
  • Aviation weather explained – simply!
  • Covers the most popular online resources
  • Includes XM weather and “in-cockpit” tools
  • Learn to use “Imagery” tools in ForeFlight
  • Weather directory for preflight planning

One Of Your Biggest Risk Factors?

Weather impacts every pilot on every flight. However, there is a serious lack of understanding in this critical area of aviation knowledge.

To complicate matters, weather is an extremely complex and dynamic phenomenon. Meteorologists spend a lifetime to understand it’s complexities. As pilots, how can we be expected to develop the needed proficiency in this area?

Flight training offers little focus on weather, so pilots are typically left to figure it out for themselves. Most pilots learn about weather through personal experience. Unfortunately, this can lead them into conditions that are beyond their abilities or even the structural limitations of the airplanes they fly.

There is no worse feeling than being in the air, wishing you were on the ground because you are flying in conditions that exceed your capabilities.

“Weather is a major cause of fatal GA accidents and has the highest rate of fatalities, over 80%. Between one-quarter and one-third of fatal GA accidents are weather related.”

FAA (Safer Skies: A Focused Agenda)

The Weather Knowledge
You Need

This program is designed to give pilots the information they need to fully understand and analyze the weather before each flight. The benefit is the peace of mind that comes from having full confidence in your ability to evaluate the conditions, plan your flights and make sound decisions before climbing into your airplane.

A deeper knowledge of weather also allows you to adjust your flights when needed to keep you out of harm’s way.


  • Thunderstorms
  • Clear Air Turbulence
  • Precipitation
  • High Terrain Weather
  • Icing and Freezing Levels
  • Wind Shear
  • Reduced Visibility
  • Freezing Rain
  • Gust Fronts
  • Convection
  • Thermal Turbulence
  • Over Water Conditions
  • Mountain Waves
  • And much more…

Meet Your Instructor

Scott Dennstaedt

Scott Dennstaedt is an FAA-certificated instrument flight instructor and former NWS research meteorologist specializing in aviation weather training. He has written over 100 articles for various aviation magazines to include IFR, Plane & Pilot, Pilot Journal, Flying, Aviation Consumer and Twin & Turbine magazines just to name a few.

Scott has logged over 3,500 hours of flight time all throughout the United States. He’s always had a love for weather and aviation since childhood and is now enjoying his true vocation of teaching.

Essential Resource For All Pilots

Scott teaches complex weather topics in a no-nonsense, easy-to-understand style. His workshops will give you a solid foundation of weather knowledge as he shows you step-by-step how to use the best and latest online tools to get the weather information you need.

IFR Pilots

Obviously, weather plays a big part in your flying. This series provides a wealth of information for Instrument pilots – taking you from basic through advanced weather analysis and planning.

You will learn how to use all the best tools to identify convective activity, turbulence, thunderstorms, wind shear, icing, freezing levels, gust fronts, surface pressure troughs and all kinds of other other bad stuff you should avoid. This program provides the training you need to accurately forecast the conditions along your route and plan safer cross-country flights with greater precision.

VFR Pilots

Even though you don’t fly in instrument meteorological conditions (IMC), you are still exposed to the effects of weather on all your flights. Learn to predict areas of reduced visibility, low ceilings, turbulence, wind shear, gusty conditions, precipitation, high terrain conditions, mountain waves and much more.

By learning more advanced aspects of weather, you can plan your flights more accurately to avoid areas of marginal conditions and IMC. “VFR-into-IMC” is a leading cause of fatal accidents in general aviation.

If you are working on your instrument rating or planning to pursue it down the road, you will be far more prepared to fly in the system when the time comes.

Short Videos Make Learning Easy

The training is delivered in a series of short, highly focused video segments that we call workshops. This allows you to learn at your own pace and tackle the complexities of weather in small, bite-sized segments.

After learning Scott’s strategy for cross-country flight planning, you can focus on workshops that address specific risk factors. For example, if you are planning a flight over high terrain or mountains, you can view the workshops that focus on the specific weather issues you might find in these areas.

This series provides a valuable library of weather knowledge that you can refer to as often as needed to maintain proficiency in this critical area of aviation.

“(PilotWorkshops) Aviation weather videos give recurrent training in reasonably sized bites…the videos are paced well and make liberal use of good-quality images of available weather information with clear explanations as to the why and how of the stuff we face when we launch our airplanes. There are times that there was so much information, we were grateful for the ability to back up and re-run a section…The products are useful recurrent training as well as a long-term reference”

The Aviation Consumer

Training Course Overview


This program is delivered in a series of 4 modules that provide a structured approach to improve your weather knowledge. Scott also provides links to the online tools he explains so you can start using them right away. Enjoy the journey as you become proficient in this critical aspect of aviation!


Most pilots obtain a weather briefing from a Flight Service Station prior to a flight. This is an important pre-flight activity, however it is just as important to validate and augment this information with the tremendous online weather tools available to pilots. In this module, Scott walks you through the tools he uses to get a clear and accurate weather forecast prior to a cross-country flight. He explains how each tool is used to identify specific weather issues and how they come together to provide an accurate depiction of the weather along an intended route.


Terminal Aerodrome Forecasts (TAFs) are one of the most common and important weather planning tools used by pilots. However, they are often misused and have inherent limitations pilots must understand. Knowing how to properly incorporate TAFs into your preflight planning requires the pilot to learn how to read between the lines. The nine workshops below give you a solid understanding of how to properly interpret TAFs and use them effectively in your planning.


In this series of workshops, you will learn how to use the tools available on the Internet to find the most comfortable ride and how to minimize your exposure to dangerous turbulence.


The following workshops are the “Best of AvWxWorkshops”. They are great reference tools and can be viewed in any order, when you need them. These workshops focus on specific weather hazards and tools to identify them. They are intended to help you gain a deeper appreciation and understanding of all aspects of weather. Scott provides a wealth of detailed training that will strengthen your weather knowledge and flying safety.

Includes Weather Tools Directory

You will have unlimited access to our private online directory containing dozens of links to all the tools covered in these workshops. This is a valuable resource that will let you quickly access the online tools needed for your preflight planning.

We monitor this directory and update any links that are moved, changed or de-activated on the various weather websites that Scott references. This ensures that you are always a click away from the latest online weather information.

Aviation Weather Q&A

Q: Do you offer a download option for this product?
A: No, this product is offered online so you can access it from any device. If you want a physical copy for backup, we offer the videos on an optional USB flash drive.

Q: Will my online access ever expire?
A: No. Once you register your login credentials, they will never expire. You will always have access to the program. (We still provide online access to programs we offered in 2006.)

Q: I use ForeFlight. Will this program teach me to interpret the weather “Imagery” provided by ForeFlight?
A: Yes. Nearly all of the weather tools included in ForeFlight are covered by Scott in this program. This program will help you become more efficient in your ForeFlight weather briefings and flight planning. Most of the leading mobile flight planning apps also use the weather tools covered in this program.

Q: Will I learn to use in-cockpit weather tools?
A: Yes. Scott offers several videos dedicated to satellite and XM Weather. He provides best practices and common mistakes pilots make when using these tools in-flight.

WINGS Approved!

You can earn 3 WINGS credits for completing the Aviation Weather Series. A simple online form for requesting credit is included on the website.

90 Day Money-Back Guarantee!

If you aren’t completely satisfied we’ll give you a full refund. No questions asked!

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