TAILWINDS

Training News To Keep You Current

 

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.
Complexities of the Metroplex: What to expect with NextGen

Complexities of the Metroplex: What to expect with NextGen

The NextGen Metroplex model has sprung up at major hubs across the United States. What changes can you expect? FAA's goals to increase the safety and efficiency of our nation's busiest airspaces are being realized in the NextGen program. You are like...

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Preventing Loss of Control in Flight Part 2: Spatial disorientation

Preventing Loss of Control in Flight Part 2: Spatial disorientation

In order to prevent LOC-I, you must know what's happening to your aircraft at all times. Last week, we began a four-part series on preventing loss of control inflight, or LOC-I, to go along with the FAA's #FlySafe campaign . In part two of our four-p...

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Crossed wires: Aircraft wire strike prevention

Crossed wires: Aircraft wire strike prevention

We don't always know where wires are-and yet they're everywhere. How can you avoid this invisible hazard? Low-level operations are vital for a number of industries, including agriculture, construction, and maintenance of the very lines that prove so ...

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Preventing Loss of Control in Flight Part 1: Stalls

Preventing Loss of Control in Flight Part 1: Stalls

We begin a series on preventing loss of control in flight with a look at stalls. How do they happen? How can you avoid them? The  FAA's #FlySafe campaign , is an endeavor to educate pilots about best practices for operating within their aircraft...

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Behind the eye: Pilot preparation for hurricane season

Behind the eye: Pilot preparation for hurricane season

Hurricane season is upon us again. If you fly in susceptible areas, know your organization's plan for these destructive storms. It is highly unlikely that you will ever find yourself in the situation of actually flying into, around, or near a hurrica...

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Unfriendly fowl: Bird strike awareness and prevention

Unfriendly fowl: Bird strike awareness and prevention

When and where are you the most likely to experience a bird strike? Much of the battle to reduce bird strikes occurs on the ground. Airports worldwide continue to implement new methods for removing resident bird populations that repeatedly threaten a...

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IMSAFE: Are you fit to fly today?

IMSAFE: Are you fit to fly today?

You may be familiar with the IMSAFE checklist, but don’t forget these lesser-known factors for each letter. Every important aircraft system has checklists for normal, abnormal, and emergency operations, and as the system most integral for flight, the...

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All fogged up: Where and when will you encounter fog next?

All fogged up: Where and when will you encounter fog next?

Wherever you are flying, fog can sneak up on you...unless you get the jump on it first. Fog’s effect on flight can range wildly in type, degree of severity, and duration depending on location, temperature, precipitation, time of day, and many other f...

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It starts with a spark: staying safe during aircraft refueling

It starts with a spark: staying safe during aircraft refueling

Aircraft refueling may be a routine practice, but don’t become complacent. Make sure you’re attentive to all safety precautions, every time. While goal in fueling an aircraft is obviously to, eventually, accomplish flight with that fuel, there are tw...

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Say again? Tips for better ATC communication

Say again? Tips for better ATC communication

Busy airspace, non-standard phraseology, and simple human misunderstandings can make ATC communication a headache. But it doesn’t have to be. A new pilot speaking to air traffic control for the very first time will likely find the conversation nervew...

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Understanding Hypoxia: Like a Breath of Fresh Air

Understanding Hypoxia: Like a Breath of Fresh Air

Even if you don't regularly fly at high altitudes, knowing how to recognize and treat hypoxia remains a vital skill. It only takes one unwitting adventure a bit higher than intended to throw a pilot a curveball in terms of understanding how to physic...

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Flying With EFBs: Taking It All With You

Flying With EFBs: Taking It All With You

Electronic Flight Bags, or EFBs, provide a myriad of benefits to pilots who are well-versed in their use and care. It cannot be understated how useful an Electronic Flight Bag, or EFB, can be for a pilot. EFBs can drastically reduce workload, improve...

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Mountain Flying Safety: Preparation, Tips, and Challenges

Mountain Flying Safety: Preparation, Tips, and Challenges

Mountain flying presents its own unique sets of challenges and rewards. By training appropriately, reviewing the differences, and preparing well, you can ensure your mountain flight is a safe and enjoyable one. If you’ve only ever flown in low-altitu...

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CTS Announces King Air B200 Training

CTS Announces King Air B200 Training

CTS is happy to announce the completion of our latest aircraft subject update: the King Air B200. Our new King Air B200 subject replaces the current version and includes new and improved tutorials and lessons to enhance your training experience. The ...

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CTS Announces New METAR and TAF Training

CTS Announces New METAR and TAF Training

Predicting weather can often be an inexact and fickle science. Sometimes, unexpected changes may occur that delay or divert flights, frustrating passengers and crew and creating potential hazards. One of the best mitigations against such risks is to ...

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Runway Braking From Good to Nil: Contaminated Runway Safety

Runway Braking From Good to Nil: Contaminated Runway Safety

Runway operations continue to be one of the most vital safety-related topics for both the FAA and the aviation community at large. No matter the conditions, the most critical moments of flight occur on and around the runway, making good preparation a...

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Cockpit stretches for pilots: Keeping fit and comfortable during flight

Cockpit stretches for pilots: Keeping fit and comfortable during flight

Even short flights can take a toll on the human body. While sitting in a chair for hours at a time may sound relaxing to some, any pilot knows how stiff and uncomfortable it can be. Even larger aircraft may offer little room to truly stretch out. Com...

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Winter Weather This Week Is A Sign To Stay Cautious

Winter Weather This Week Is A Sign To Stay Cautious

Don't let the recent and upcoming weather catch you by surprise. Prepare for storms and ice across the US as winter turns to spring. February 2nd marked Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year. If you get your weather prediction...

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CTS Announces MD 530F Training Course

CTS Announces MD 530F Training Course

Computer Training Systems is proud to announce two new aircraft subjects just added to our training library: the MD530F and the Airbus H145 . The MD530F course contains the following interactive tutorials over their respective operating systems: powe...

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CTS Announces Airbus H145 Training Course

CTS Announces Airbus H145 Training Course

Computer Training Systems is proud to announce two new aircraft subjects just added to our training library: the Airbus H145 and the MD 530F . The H145 course contains interactive tutorials on the following systems: powerplant, electrical, fuel, hydr...

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