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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.
Part 135: Customization for Every Operation

Part 135: Customization for Every Operation

Customizable online aviation training options users and admins love! At CTS, we understand every operation has different training goals and requirements, so we developed training courses with a modular-based learning system that can be entirely custo...

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Cloud Identification for Pilots: Icing

Cloud Identification for Pilots: Icing

Cooler weather is coming and so are its threats to aircraft. Cloud identification assists in avoiding turbulence, thunderstorms, and icing. Icing holds major hazards for airmen, so we have dedicated this blog to identifying the greatest potential ici...

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Cloud Identification for Pilots: Thunderstorms

Cloud Identification for Pilots: Thunderstorms

Convective cloud conundrums and solutions. As we previously discussed in our turbulence blog, all cumulus clouds, particularly towering cumulus, provide visual aids for areas you may wish to avoid. On top of turbulence, another hazard of cumulus clou...

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Cloud Identification for Pilots: Turbulence

Cloud Identification for Pilots: Turbulence

Hidden dangers in our temperamental airspace companions. Identifying clouds and their potential threats is key to having a keen aviator’s eye and to ensure that you don’t inadvertently encounter any hazards. The FAA mandates yearly recurrent training...

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The Importance of the Preflight Checklist

The Importance of the Preflight Checklist

It happens to everyone, but here’s why you shouldn’t skip your preflight checklist: All pilots understand they are supposed to review and perform the preflight checklist before every flight, but eventually it just becomes repetitive to the point that...

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Case Study: CTS Online Aviation Training Learning Checkpoints

Case Study: CTS Online Aviation Training Learning Checkpoints

CTS is making changes to our online aviation training offerings to create a more engaging, user-centered experience. New and exciting things are happening at CTS as we strive to provide the most technologically advanced, engaging and accurate online ...

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Part 135: Taking the headache out of course selection

Part 135: Taking the headache out of course selection

Is your Part 135 operation’s training admin starting to look like the image above? Then CTS is just the thing you need to drown out the decision-making blues! Not a Part 135 operator? No problem! We also offer Part 91K , Part 125 , Maintenance Safety...

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2018 BizAv Reflection

2018 BizAv Reflection

2018 has been quite a year for business aviation so far… Between pilot shortages, a spike in business aviation services, and an extreme overhaul of avionics, it has already been a whirlwind of a year for our sector of the industry. Since it’s already...

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Rotary World Rocked by Pilot Shortage

Rotary World Rocked by Pilot Shortage

The number of active rotor-wing pilots could be cut in half within the foreseeable future. A spokesperson for Southern Utah State University in Cedar City, Utah has recently expressed concerns for the very real pilot deficit not only affecting the fi...

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NBAA-BACE: Prepping for the Conference

NBAA-BACE: Prepping for the Conference

The NBAA-BACE is still months away, but here’s what we know so far: Are you anxiously waiting for October 16-18, 2018 in Orlando for the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE)? Because we are! Yes, CTS is packing our bags and ...

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BizAv Looking to the Future with Sustainable Fuel Options

BizAv Looking to the Future with Sustainable Fuel Options

Renewable fuel is becoming more of a reality for many aircraft. In recent years, the aviation industry has started looking at sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternatives to replace our current jet fuels, especially when considering CORSIA c...

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CTS Headwinds: Coming to an inbox near you

CTS Headwinds: Coming to an inbox near you

You’ve got mail. CTS now offers a newsletter as another way we can connect to our users, and how the user can connect to us! Headwinds, playing off of our Tailwinds name of our blog, is aimed to keep you at the forefront of aviation news and training...

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Reexamining the Wing

Reexamining the Wing

Contrails and wake turbulence could be a thing of the past for aviators. A recent study at the University of Illinois showed that wing geometrics can be designed to reduce the amount of wake turbulence experienced from jet engines. This could mean re...

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Sterile Cockpit Rules, Regs, and Reminders

Sterile Cockpit Rules, Regs, and Reminders

Are we becoming too lax with the regulation? With sterile cockpit procedures in effect for almost 40 years, has the newness worn off on the regulation or are pilots still taking it as seriously as ever? 2017 was declared the safest year in commercial...

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ADS-B: Are you exempt?

ADS-B: Are you exempt?

ADS-B mandates may not apply to you, but the benefits outweigh the costs. The timeline to equip with ADS-B is rapidly diminishing, but if you haven’t yet equipped, you may be in luck. If your flight operations don’t fall within the mandated limits, t...

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Part 135 Operators turning to Bitcoin: Fad or Fab?

Part 135 Operators turning to Bitcoin: Fad or Fab?

Bitcoin is taking over BizAv as we know it. As technology keeps evolving, it’s taking all aspects of business aviation with it including methods of currency. In a recent article , the NBAA has declared Bitcoin the newest form of payment trending thro...

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Cockpit-to-Cabin Communication: What's missing?

Cockpit-to-Cabin Communication: What's missing?

Are you communicating properly with your cabin crew? When it comes to cockpit-to-cabin communication (and vice versa) it’s important to be open and transparent, but sometimes that’s not always how it happens. To hit on these points, we have compiled ...

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What's the Fate of SMO?

What's the Fate of SMO?

Recent court rulings may mean the end for SMO. You may remember our blog on the Operational Changes at SMO , so we wanted to follow up on the airport’s changes and what it looks like for the future of SMO. The National Business Aviation Association (...

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ADS-B: Requirements and Benefits

ADS-B: Requirements and Benefits

CTS has the latest on ADS-B requirements and what it means for your operation. With much of the US and many other countries mandating a shift in aviation tracking, safety, and radar communication with ADS-B, do you know how it affects you? The mandat...

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Real Talk: Do NOTAMs work?

Real Talk: Do NOTAMs work?

NOTAMbiguity. Although the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other like-minded safety-conscious bodies try to keep airmen as safe as possible, sometimes the way they go about it isn’t the most beneficial or conducive to emergency s...

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