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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.
Aviation Airspace goes ATC Zero

Aviation Airspace goes ATC Zero

Aviation airspace is not as crowded as it once was, neither are ATC towers ATC Zero (Air Traffic Control Zero) means the FAA is unable to safely provide the published ATC services within the aviation airspace managed by a specific facility. Regardles...

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Flight Plan for Turbulence Awareness Preparation

Flight Plan for Turbulence Awareness Preparation

Flight plan software leads to more turbulence awareness and fewer aviation injuries I hate turbulence. With more than 10,000 hours of flight time, I still hate turbulence. If there was a way for me to plan a flight that goes around turbulence, I woul...

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Aviation Weather Check On Your Wrist

Aviation Weather Check On Your Wrist

Aviation weather checks can’t get any closer than the Apple Watch on your wrist I am embarrassed to say this, but I’ve had an Apple Watch for years and I use it to, well, tell time. I look at it when I want to know what time it is. Well, also to get ...

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Pilot Medical: Review the Updated FAA Approved OTC List

Pilot Medical: Review the Updated FAA Approved OTC List

Don’t gamble with your pilot medical, review the 2020 list of updated FAA approved medication It’s that time of year again - flu and common cold cases are ramping up across the country and pilots want (and need) relief. But we have to be careful that...

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Pilot Training or Mandated HTAWS?

Pilot Training or Mandated HTAWS?

Pilot training may go further than relying on technology when in the thick of an emergency California Congressman Brad Sherman has introduced legislation to mandate Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (TAWS) on all helicopters following the January...

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Aviation Airspace May Fill with Drones Used to Minimize Virus Spreading

Aviation Airspace May Fill with Drones Used to Minimize Virus Spreading

Drones that can search for symptoms of contagions may enter aviation airspace I just love technology. I recently read an article that said drones could soon be used to screen large area crowds for symptoms of dangerous contagions, such as the coronav...

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Protecting Your Pilot Medical: Cleaning Solutions

Protecting Your Pilot Medical: Cleaning Solutions

What can be done to protect your pilot medical and the health of your aircraft’s interior? This pandemic is wreaking havoc on aviation in more ways than one. Airlines that were flourishing 4 months ago have now parked the majority of their aircraft, ...

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Updated Covid-19 Guidelines from the FAA

Updated Covid-19 Guidelines from the FAA

FAA releases more guidance to help slow the spread of Covid-19 The FAA has issued more guidelines to keep us all safe amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. An updated Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) provides the latest guidance on how to reduce the risk of...

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Your Pilot Medical May Not Tell if You Need Sleep

Your Pilot Medical May Not Tell if You Need Sleep

Pilot medical exams don’t take into account how much time you’re on your phone in bed, but your quantity and quality of sleep will let you know Each time we fly, we are confirming that we meet the requirements for our pilot medical, including the fac...

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Pilot Training Focusing on Flying the Airplane

Pilot Training Focusing on Flying the Airplane

Pilot training that focuses on flying the aircraft instead of relying on automation could save lives When I was a young mom, we had a saying in my house that might sound a bit odd to non pilots. When life got busy or we had many people in the house, ...

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Pilot Training for the Infrequent Surprises

Pilot Training for the Infrequent Surprises

Pilot training with more surprise may help avoid in-fight mistakes A friend of mine is working on a presentation for an aviation course and he wanted me to review his powerpoint before he turned it in. The subject was the Colgan Air Flight 3407 accid...

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Uncontrolled Airport Procedures Including other Traffic

Uncontrolled Airport Procedures Including other Traffic

No matter your altitude at an uncontrolled airport, you can’t go wrong looking out for other aircraft A while back, I was waiting for a friend at a small, uncontrolled airport when I overheard a lesson between a student pilot and his very experienced...

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Crew Resource Management for All Crews in the Company

Crew Resource Management for All Crews in the Company

Crew resource management is not just for pilots As a professional pilot, I am thoroughly familiar with such terms as crew resource management and situational awareness. I understand the safety benefits associated with these concepts and recognize tha...

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Pilot Training with AQP

Pilot Training with AQP

When it comes to pilot training, pass/fail isn’t a pilot’s favorite way to learn I remember when the weight of the world was lifted off of my airline pilot shoulders. It was the day we learned that the Advanced Qualification Program (AQP) was coming ...

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New GPS Navigation App Can Assist With Ditching Near Ships

New GPS Navigation App Can Assist With Ditching Near Ships

GPS navigation over the ocean may feel less stressful with a new app My boss has been wanting to take the jet to Hawaii for quite some time now but I must admit, I’m a little nervous. Don’t get me wrong, I would absolutely love to go on an all-expens...

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Part 91 Operators - Record High Fatalities in 2019

Part 91 Operators - Record High Fatalities in 2019

For 2019 Part 91 fatalities exceeded Part 135 by a wide margin, what does training have to do with it? A few months ago I read an article about the disturbing record number of fatalities for Part 91 business aviation in 2019 (record high, just to be ...

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Contact Approach from an IFR Flight Plan

Contact Approach from an IFR Flight Plan

Contact approaches - what are they, and are they worth it? Does anyone really know what a contact approach is? Does anyone really care, or even ask for one in real life? I certainly haven’t and I’ve never heard anyone else ask for one either.  T...

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Pilot Training in the Expanded Envelope

Pilot Training in the Expanded Envelope

E3 pilot training adds exposure to areas pilots may not usually fly The FAA has published its new guidance for pilot training deadlines in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that we’re not going to turn int...

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Pilot Training at home

Pilot Training at home

Don’t let pilot training lag, home simulators combined with CTS may help keep your mind scanning the instruments Is it just me, or has aviation come to a screeching halt? From pilot training, to instrument currency, to new hire classes, and everythin...

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SMS and C-FOQA Combine to Enhance Aviation Safety

SMS and C-FOQA Combine to Enhance Aviation Safety

The ability of an SMS to identify and eliminate hazards in corporate aviation may get a boost According to the FAA, the definition of a Safety Management System (SMS) is a “formal, top-down, organization-wide approach to managing safety risk and assu...

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