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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.
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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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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