How a pilot’s near-death experience helped inspire a weather app for truckers

In 2014, Paxton Calvanese launched a unique aviation weather app called Wx24 Pilot. In the ensuing years, he developed a similar road weather app called Drive Weather. With constant refinements and updates, it’s now a popular tool for truckers.

Calvanese loves hearing the positive feedback, Some truckers have told him it’s a life-changer. “It probably saved a life or two somewhere along the way,” he said.

Perhaps that’s a fitting reward, given that Calvanese’s own near-death experience was the motivation behind creating the initial app…

He designed Drive Weather so truckers could enter their destinations and all the stops they wanted to make along the way. The app then shows the weather forecast at the expected times the drivers would get to each point on the trip, automatically updating forecasts and starting points.