the Designer

Wx24Pilot was born out of my flights from Chicago to the Rockies.  In a small aircraft that’s a long trip with a lot of weather to consider.  Without the aid of a co-pilot, deicing equipment, being more susceptible to turbulence, and having less options in weather challenges forced me to spend a lot of time to learn all I could about flight weather.  These flights provided a perfect test bed to solve the weather problem, which is not a problem of access of information but problem of comprehending the plethora of information available before I dozed off.

I know at the time area forecasts were available, but frankly my needs for safety far outweighed the general information provide by area forecasts and the flight briefer is used to be legal not for getting weather.  To me TAFs have always been the gold standard because they offer specific actionable information with specific location.  Reading one or two doesn’t help but being able to read a 10 or 20 paints a very clear picture for an area, much better than area forecasts did.

I found myself solving the same basic tasks over and over again.    First, just finding enroute TAFs was time consuming,  then calculating the estimated time when I would be abeam of each enroute TAF, then looking at airmets and sigmets which on a map with no time information are almost useless, converting to local times, and just finding the applicable prognosis chart was too time consuming.  This highly cognitive process requiring my full attention and contained too many opportunities for errors and temptations for shortcuts (and I was never good at temptation). Hence Wx24 Pilot.  Now finding enroute weather is incredibly easy and quick.

I designed and developed the app. I’ve  been in software development for too long,  more of an artist type, wish I was a stand up comic, have a degree in architecture, know a thing or two about data visualization, make money in real estate, am a private pilot, IFR rated, used to fly a blue airplane.   When I’m not working and usually when am, my three teenagers keep me busy. If you have questions, fill out the contact form and I’ll be happy to respond.

In the mean time, you can view my aerial photography. Let me tell you, it’s not easy setting up a tripod in an airplane.

Paxton Calvanese
1 Echo Charlie, LLC


THE PLANE

Expedition e350 (blue)

Cruises at 140 TAS, carries 900 lbs with full fuel, certified, IFR equipped, and very photogenic.