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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.
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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Facing the wind: Decisive maneuvers in windshear encounters

Facing the wind: Decisive maneuvers in windshear encounters

Recovery techniques, avoidance, and knowledge must combine in the face of windshear encounters. This month's CALLBACK from NASA ASRS discusses several windshear encounter stories from pilots, along with their choices and thought processes along the w...

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Graphical Aviation Forecasts: Coming to an FSS near you

Graphical Aviation Forecasts: Coming to an FSS near you


Graphical Forecasts are slowly edging out the outdated Area Forecast as the meteorological staple of the continental US. In April, the National Weather Service (NWS) Aviation Weather Center (AWC) rolled out the Graphical Area Forecasts (GFA) as a rep...

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Jeppesen, Foreflight, and you: Navigating the Jeppesen-ForeFlight update

Jeppesen, Foreflight, and you: Navigating the Jeppesen-ForeFlight update


The inclusion of Jeppesen charts in ForeFlight brings a wealth of new planning and charting options to users. Back in May, ForeFlight and Jeppesen announced a "strategic alliance" to mutually improve the future of electronic charting. Their partnersh...

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Rough seas: The challenges of offshore helicopter approaches

Rough seas: The challenges of offshore helicopter approaches

Offshore helicopter approaches and landings are some of the most unique and challenging maneuvers out there. The versatility of helicopters naturally makes them suited for a wide variety of unusual and, at times, uniquely hazardous operations. In par...

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Making the call: Should you go-around?

Making the call: Should you go-around?

A recent study indicates that pilots are not executing go-arounds nearly as often as they should, accounting for numerous runway excursions. Earlier this year, the Flight Safety Foundation conducted an in-depth study of go-arounds and unstable approa...

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Standing the heat: Summer flying trials and tribulations

Standing the heat: Summer flying trials and tribulations

Hot weather may look deceptively benign on weather radar, but high temperatures should give pilots some pause during flight planning. While the arrival of high summer temperatures is often lauded by the general populace as the perfect time to travel,...

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Preventing Loss of Control in Flight Part 4: Recovery techniques

Preventing Loss of Control in Flight Part 4: Recovery techniques

Even in ideal conditions, preventing loss of control in flight relies on the pilot's ability to make good decisions. This week, we introduce the final chapter in our four-part series on loss of control inflight, or LOC-I, as a response to the FAA's #...

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Charting change: Jeppesen chart improvements in progress

Charting change: Jeppesen chart improvements in progress

Jeppesen is rolling out adjustments to their SID/STAR charts. What can you expect to see with your next chart update? The ever-increasing complexities of airspace necessitate continual adjustments to how we understand its navigation. Late last year, ...

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Preventing Loss of Control in Flight Part 3: Aeronautical Decision Making

Preventing Loss of Control in Flight Part 3: Aeronautical Decision Making

Even in ideal conditions, preventing loss of control in flight relies squarely on the pilot's ability to make good decisions. As a response to the FAA's #FlySafe campaign, we continue our series on preventing loss of control inflight (LOC-I) with par...

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