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Staying up to date on the latest in aviation isn't just a once-per-year endeavor. Tailwinds brings you the latest in current aviation news, quizzes, flying tips, and training updates from CTS. Keep the wind at your back with our weekly updates.
CTS Announces the MD-500 Series Training

CTS Announces the MD-500 Series Training

Computer Training Systems is proud to announce the MD-500D and the MD-500E training subjects. The MD-500D and MD-500E subjects contain tutorials for the Electrical System, Fuel System, Powerplant System, and the Caution System. The tutorials cover ge...

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Crossing the Peaks

Crossing the Peaks

What you need to know about mountain flying. Mountain flying presents a unique challenge that can be difficult even for experienced pilots. Conditions that are common in mountainous terrain are often factors in CFIT accidents. Controlled Flight into ...

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Hydroplaning: Wet and Contaminated Runway Safety

Hydroplaning: Wet and Contaminated Runway Safety

With the arrival of fall, many areas will see an increase in wet weather. When landing on wet runways or runways contaminated by standing water, it is inevitable that some form of hydroplaning will happen. It is important to understand the phenomenon...

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Transporting Lithium Batteries by Air

Transporting Lithium Batteries by Air

Lithium Battery Regulations Electronics have become a regular part of our lives. We rely heavily on cell phones, computers, and other gadgets that make our day-to-day life easier. There have been a number of stories lately of incidents where somethin...

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Understanding Required Navigation Performance

Understanding Required Navigation Performance

Technology is modernizing airspace to make flights more direct and efficient. Required Navigation Performance (RNP) technology is at the forefront of the technological changes in aviation. As this technology grows and becomes more widely used, it is ...

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Avoid Being Grounded by Low Back Pain

Avoid Being Grounded by Low Back Pain

Take steps now to reduce your risk of back pain later. Is hauling around flight bags causing that lower back pain that’s plagued you for a while now? It’s likely, according to a 2015 study by the Aerospace Medical Association. While it’s estimated th...

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Airplane vs. Drone

Airplane vs. Drone

The FAA continues efforts to facilitate uneventful coexistence between manned and unmanned aircraft The proliferation of unmanned aircraft (UAS) in the United States continues to remain an area of focus for the FAA. As they improve in technology and ...

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True grit: Understanding dust storms

True grit: Understanding dust storms

Dust storms are happening more frequently across the United States. Here’s what you should know. In the United States, the number of dust storms, also known as haboobs (Arabic for “strong wind”), is on the rise. In the 1990s, scientists reported 20 d...

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Dare to declare: Don’t be afraid to declare an emergency

Dare to declare: Don’t be afraid to declare an emergency

While declaring an emergency sounds like a last resort, pilots should instead see it as just another resource with which to handle unusual or hazardous situations. It can be difficult to think for any length of time on flight emergencies, even though...

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Near miss at SFO incites reminders about approach and landing safety from FAA

Near miss at SFO incites reminders about approach and landing safety from FAA

A recent incident at SFO with a near-miss prompted the FAA to issue reminders and recommendations about approach safety. You’ve likely heard about the close call back in July at SFO, where an Air Canada flight came dangerously close to landing on a t...

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Blinded by the light: Pilot night vision and the illusions of night flight

Blinded by the light: Pilot night vision and the illusions of night flight

How’s your night vision, and how can you improve it? IFR or VFR, your ability to maximize your vision at night is important. Even if you aren’t flying by what you see outside your window, you still need to be able to read charts and instruments well ...

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Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs): Trials, tribulations, and traversal

Temporary Flight Restrictions (TFRs): Trials, tribulations, and traversal

Lately, TFRs have frequently made news headlines due to a surge in POTUS travel, but what do they mean for your flight plans? A TFR within your regular flying area can be anything from a minor nuisance to a nerve wracking thing. If that TFR is follow...

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Learning about NTSB accident investigation from the investigators themselves

Learning about NTSB accident investigation from the investigators themselves

Seeking to inform the aviation community about their accident investigation process, the NTSB has launched a new blog series. There is a great deal of pilot anxiety surrounding reports and investigations, whether done by the FAA or NTSB. No one wants...

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Soft field landings: Benefits, hazards, and quirks

Soft field landings: Benefits, hazards, and quirks

How often do you practice soft field landings? How well could you execute one should the opportunity arise? Depending on your operation, it’s likely that you don’t make soft-field landings on a daily basis. But situations may arise where knowing how ...

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Remaining guarded on guard: The purpose of 121.5

Remaining guarded on guard: The purpose of 121.5

The FCC is warning pilots that misuse of 121.5Mhz could result in steep penalties, both for the mis-user and for pilots who may need help. It should go without saying that 121.5Mhz, or Guard, is only for emergency radio traffic. But a recent explosio...

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Turbulence on the rise: Quick strategies for turbulence avoidance

Turbulence on the rise: Quick strategies for turbulence avoidance

No one enjoys turbulent flights. Keep things steady with these avoidance tips. For 2016, the FAA reported that the number of injuries due to turbulence more than doubled the previous year’s count. Certainly, some turbulence will either be unavoidable...

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Seeing what's there: Is your fuel contaminated?

Seeing what's there: Is your fuel contaminated?


It can be easy to miss subtle, or even large amounts of fuel contamination. Can you spot slight differences in fuel quality? If aircraft ran on water, the aviation industry would look very different, indeed. But aircraft exhibit a distinctly negative...

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Medical Services and First Aid Training updates: CPR, AED, and first aid techniques

Medical Services and First Aid Training updates: CPR, AED, and first aid techniques

We've overhauled our Medical Services and First Aid Training subject to bring you the most updated medical recommendations for first aid. Whether in the sky or on the ground, injuries and illnesses are a fact of life. It is likely that everyone, at s...

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Keeping cool: Combating dehydration and extreme heat

Keeping cool: Combating dehydration and extreme heat

Are you dehydrated? If you think the answer is "no" just because you're not thirsty, think again. The hot summer months are peak travel times, and as we've talked about before , they carry their own share of risks for both pilots and aircraft. This w...

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Clearing the air: When allergies and medications inhibit flight safety

Clearing the air: When allergies and medications inhibit flight safety

Don't let allergies impair your decision-making abilities. Ensure you're fit to fly by cooperating with your AME to keep allergies in check. The ability to simply walk into a drug store and pick up a product that will alleviate frustrating symptoms o...

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