CFI & Aviation Weather Expert
SCOTT DENNSTAEDT holds a commercial pilot certificate with an instrument rating and has been an FAA-certificated flight instructor (CFI) for over 20 years. Out of college he was employed by the National Weather Service as a research meteorologist while living in Maryland. He then received his Master’s degree in Computer Science and stepped out of the weather business for about 15 years to pursue a career in software engineering at various aerospace companies such as McDonnell Douglas and Northrop Grumman where he wrote and tested software for air traffic control systems, air defense systems and he even helped to build a Level D flight simulator for a Beech 1900D.
In the late 1990s, Scott left Northrop Grumman as a fellow software engineer to become a full-time flight instructor where he was able to marry up his meteorology training and experience with his new love for aviation. Consequently, in 2003 he founded Aviation Weather Workshops that is designed to teach pilots at all experience levels how to minimize their exposure to adverse weather. In addition to private one-on-one aviation weather training, Scott built over 30 hours of online content he distributes on his subscription-based website (http://avwxworkshops.com). Over the past 20 years, Scott has written over 150 articles that have been published in various aviation magazines to include IFR, Flying, Plane & Pilot, Twin & Turbine, Contrails, and Pilot Journal, just to name a few. Scott now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina and is working part-time to finish his Ph.D. in Infrastructures and Environmental Systems at the University of North Carolina.