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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.
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Last Call for TSA Training

Last Call for TSA Training

Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to be TFSSP Compliant! Have you heard the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued new training requirements in The Twelve-Five Standard Security Program? The new Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) re...

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Unruly Passengers

Unruly Passengers

What you need to know for safer flights. Passenger incidents have been on the rise in recent years. In 2009, the International Civil Aviation Organization recognized unruly passengers as an important issue. Unruly passengers can often create situatio...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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