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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.
Air Performance

Air Performance

The Way of Air Performance Future or a Representation of the Past For years aviation has been considered the way of the future. However, the recent presentation of The Green New Deal, calling to end air travel, has raised a series of questions about ...

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If The Course Fits - We’ll Help You Train on It

If The Course Fits - We’ll Help You Train on It

Imagine pilots, technical writers, and production artists with thread and thimbles. Like a tailor working on a dress or tuxedo CTS can create a subject to fit our customer’s unique needs - which we do...often! One of our most recent custom subjects c...

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A Change Will Do Us Good

A Change Will Do Us Good

Change isn’t always a bad thing, and when it comes to training course updates (and between the couch cushions), CTS believes this to be true. We’re currently in the process of updating our RVSM course, as well as creating new courses for PBCS and PBN...

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Crew Resource Management and HAA Flight Acceptance

Crew Resource Management and HAA Flight Acceptance

Resource Management on HAA Flights I hate waking up in the morning and seeing the EMS Wings symbol with a black line through it on social media. It means we lost another one. The latest tragedy claimed 3 more lives in Ohio. it is yet another sad remi...

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Aeronautical Decision Making Benefits from Reports of Ice

Aeronautical Decision Making Benefits from Reports of Ice

Pay it forward: Share clear, mixed, and rime ice PIREPS to help others’ aeronautical decision making It’s easy for us to forget the importance of passing along critical PIREP information when encountering clear, mixed, or rime ice during flight. Thos...

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CTS is Looking Forward to the 2019 HAI HELI Expo

CTS is Looking Forward to the 2019 HAI HELI Expo

CTS is Hitting the Skies to Talk Rotor Wing Between the cold temperatures, snow, and ice CTS is getting cabin fever - so we’re headed to Atlanta for the HAI HELI-EXPO Booth #C3930 March 5-7. We’d be happy to talk to you about solutions to your helico...

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Weight and Balance and Your Aircraft’s Performance

Weight and Balance and Your Aircraft’s Performance

Staying Balanced on the Ground and in the Air   A solid understanding of weight and balance is imperative to aircraft performance and remaining safely with the flight envelope. Knowing the definitions and associated concepts help pilots to ensur...

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Runway Braking Action Codes

Runway Braking Action Codes

Runway Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) The braking action report for the runway you are about to land on is 5/3/2. Is that good? Is it Bad? What are runway braking action codes and what exactly do they mean?? The other day I was fl...

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Aviation Weather - Cloud Types

Aviation Weather - Cloud Types

A Better Understanding of Aviation Weather Clouds play an important role in aviation weather and serve as vital indicators to pilots. It’s imperative to be familiar with the different cloud types and more specifically, what each type reveals in terms...

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Helicopter Safety - Accident Trends

Helicopter Safety - Accident Trends

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has just compiled data from its third annual survey of civil helicopter operators to determine which safety initiatives are being implemented and which ones are being ignored. They want to know how safe...

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Cold and getting colder

Cold and getting colder

What cold temperatures mean to calculating a pressure altitude correction High-to-low, look-out-below! We’ve been hearing that since our private-pilot days. But what about “Cold and low, look out below”? How many times have you heard that warning? An...

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How Interference Testing Affect GPS Navigation

How Interference Testing Affect GPS Navigation

The US military has been conducting large scale national security exercises in which GPS navigation signals are degraded to test defense systems and preparedness. I certainly understand the necessity for such testing – I want us to be ready for anyth...

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New Online Pilot Training Initiatives at CTS

New Online Pilot Training Initiatives at CTS

Learning Checkpoints, Case Studies, and User-Guided Tutorials   The CTS team of developers has been hard at work creating ways to add more user engagement to the tutorial experience and we’re excited to introduce three new interactive initiative...

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Flight Visualization with Chair Flying

Flight Visualization with Chair Flying

The Value of Repetition   Norman Vincent Peale is credited with saying that “repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into habit, which repeated frequently enough becomes an automatic reflex”. In the case of flying, having the ...

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New Lithium Ion Battery Shipping Marks and Labels for 2019

New Lithium Ion Battery Shipping Marks and Labels for 2019

Time’s up! The two year transition period is over. January 1, 2019 was the end of the “phase-in” for the new marks and labels for lithium ion batteries. . Throw your old lithium ion battery shipping labels in the trash and make sure you have the new ...

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Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part IV

Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part IV

The Pilot’s View Let’s say you’re a pilot who works for an amazing company that has decided to transition to world class online pilot training. Maybe you’re not so sure about it...how it works, what you will get out of it, how difficult it will be….....

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RNAV SIDs, Making Sense of Climb Via

RNAV SIDs, Making Sense of Climb Via

The importance of RNAV SID phraseology In recent years, area navigation (RNAV) has been gaining a significant foothold in the National Airspace (NAS) as ground-based navigation is being relied upon less. The preference for RNAV is substantiated by th...

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Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part III

Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part III

Enrolling in online pilot training in a digital world OK. You’ve made the decision to modernize your aviation training department to join the e-learning world. What now? Well, just like in the old days when the yellow pages let your fingers do the wa...

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Defining the Critical Engine

Defining the Critical Engine

This week’s blog entry on the critical engine is for our piston and turboprop audience. In single-engine operations, your only engine is the “critical” engine. However, for multi-engine aircraft, the critical engine is commonly defined as the engine ...

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Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the Leap! Part II

Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the Leap! Part II

So you’re thinking about upgrading your training department and converting to computer-based….Let’s talk benefits! In my experience as both the student and the instructor, here are the top 6 benefits I’ve found for converting to a computer-based trai...

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