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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.
Metal-Printing Madness: The New Wave of Aircraft Manufacturing

Metal-Printing Madness: The New Wave of Aircraft Manufacturing

Gearing Up for the Next Generation of Aircraft From the ductwork, to the interior, to the exterior, it seems any piece of the aircraft can benefit from additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3D printing). Additive manufacturing creates products by...

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Operational Changes at SMO: What You Need to Know

Operational Changes at SMO: What You Need to Know

Shortened Runway at SMO Santa Monica Municipal Airport obtained authorization to shorten the runway from a settlement agreement signed with the city and the FAA in January 2017. The runway went from 5,000 ft down to 3,500 ft in length. The concrete f...

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Many Business Aviation Operations CORSIA Exempt

Many Business Aviation Operations CORSIA Exempt

The NBAA estimates only 100 operators in North America affected by CORSIA The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is an upcoming policy aiming to reduce the amount of international aviation emissions. The plan i...

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As Told by CTS: FAA Air Traffic Procedures for Super Bowl LII

As Told by CTS: FAA Air Traffic Procedures for Super Bowl LII

Update Your In-Flight Playbook for Super Bowl LII  From landing to kick-off, err, I mean, take-off, the FAA is instituting some specific rules throughout the week of Super Bowl LII, and CTS is giving you an overview of what to expect when flying...

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, it’s... a UAV!

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, it’s... a UAV!

Identifying Drones In-Flight Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as ‘drones,’ have increasingly become a concern for the civil aviation world. Although the new technology is a real highlight from the cur...

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Design Build Fly to Infinity and Beyond

Design Build Fly to Infinity and Beyond

Discover the Industry Exploration Place, the Sedgwick County Science and Discovery center located in Wichita, KS, has completely renovated their aviation exhibit, Design Build Fly . The new exhibit launched in the Air Capital of the World on Saturday...

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Don’t be that guy, comply: FAA Noise Standards and Regulations

Don’t be that guy, comply: FAA Noise Standards and Regulations

At the end of November 2017, the FAA put into place changes to reduce the amount of noise at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and surrounding area. The initiative responds to a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit th...

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IS-BAO: More than just a standard; it’s a tool for business

IS-BAO: More than just a standard; it’s a tool for business

The idea behind the International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) is quite straight forward: create a baseline of standards for all international business aircraft operations. What may not be so obvious from the title alone, howeve...

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It’s Safe to Say You’ll Love the Benefits of IS-BAO

It’s Safe to Say You’ll Love the Benefits of IS-BAO

What is IS-BAO? The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) is a set of guidelines developed by the International Business Aviation Council (IBAC) to standardize business practices around the world. Because the IS-BAO standar...

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IS-BAO: A System that Works for You

IS-BAO: A System that Works for You

The International Standard for Business Aircraft Operations (IS-BAO) was created as a collaboration of organizations from all around the world in order to ensure that it met with international standards for best practices. These standards are revised...

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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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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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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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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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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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Winter Operations and Cold Temperature Restricted Airports

Winter Operations and Cold Temperature Restricted Airports

Our new Winter Operations course is here, just in time for that cool fall weather to begin. We've been hard at work ensuring that our courses cover all applicable regulatory and procedural requirements to provide you with the best training possible. ...

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