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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.
Flight Planning: The STAR Gotcha

Flight Planning: The STAR Gotcha

Follow the STAR on the map for flight planning STAR procedures (Standard Terminal Arrivals) were created for flight planning as a way for those equipped with GPS navigation to help ATC streamline arrivals at busy airports. Imagine aircraft arriving f...

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Aviation Pilot Training and the Atlas Air Accident

Aviation Pilot Training and the Atlas Air Accident

Could more or different pilot training have helped in the Atlas Air Accident? I just read some very disturbing news about the Atlas Air “Giant” accident in Houston. Inside sources say this could be one of the worst cases of pilot training error in re...

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The Underutilized Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP)

The Underutilized Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP)

ODPs place significant responsibility on pilots Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP) are underutilized aviation tools - possibly a result of how unfamiliar and uncomfortable many pilots are with them. If obstacles in a departure area require a climb o...

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Filing a Flight Plan for Tracking and Safety

Filing a Flight Plan for Tracking and Safety

Filing a flight plan serves a variety of purposes. Air traffic control (ATC) uses flight plans under Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) to initiate tracking and routing services. Comparatively, when a flight plan is used under Visual Flight Rules (VFR), i...

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Single Pilot Resource Management

Single Pilot Resource Management

Planning, managing, and using resources can help avoid unforeseen aircraft accidents Single-pilot resource management (SRM) is the art of managing all onboard and outside resources available to a pilot before and during a flight to help ensure a safe...

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Standard Lapse Rate: the Origin Story

Standard Lapse Rate: the Origin Story

Standard Lapse Rate - No pressure...well, lots of it Atmospheric pressure has important effects on flying, which include being both a key weather element and a “tool” used to lift an aircraft and operate instruments. Knowing properties innate to stan...

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Stressors of Flight : Maintaining Balance

Stressors of Flight : Maintaining Balance

It’s a high flying, high stress industry Let’s face it: most jobs are stressful. In the aviation industry, stressors of flight may range from a slight inconvenience to a significant wear on aircrew fatigue and performance. You individual work-life ba...

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Aircraft Performance: The importance of knowing your aircraft

Aircraft Performance: The importance of knowing your aircraft

Keeping up on Pilot Training If I had to pick my least favorite part of recurrent, it would have to be aircraft performance. It’s usually one of the last things we talk about and it never carries the same urgency as, say, discussing a dual generator ...

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Flight Physiology and Varying Body Types in the Cockpit

Flight Physiology and Varying Body Types in the Cockpit

How Gender Differences May Affect Stressors of Flight While the pilot population as a whole is largely male, more women are beginning to pursue careers flying. This has raised some interesting conversations regarding flight physiology and the areas w...

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RVSM course gets updated and we couldn’t be prouder

RVSM course gets updated and we couldn’t be prouder

Welcome to CTS: New RVSM Course! We’re celebrating an addition to the CTS catalog - our new RVSM course is now up and flying! With respect for our previous RVSM course, it was behind the times. Our new course has completely new graphics, audio, and i...

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Online company manual training - how does that happen exactly?

Online company manual training - how does that happen exactly?

How company operation manuals become lessons Have you ever wondered what happens when you send us a company specific operations manual for online pilot training lesson writing? It all starts with an email or a call to the CTS Content or Sales teams. ...

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Roadmap for the Sky: How to Read an Aviation Sectional Chart

Roadmap for the Sky: How to Read an Aviation Sectional Chart

How to Read an Aviation Sectional Chart: Symbology Sectional charts provide an array of beneficial information for pilots, which is why learning how to read sectionals is an important skill to hone. However, they can be very intimidating for newcomer...

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The Pilot Shortage

The Pilot Shortage

A Growing Epidemic - Pilot Shortage There has been talk of the growing pilot shortage for years. However, there are many misconceptions surrounding it, including the potential severity. The reality indicates the pool of eligible replacements is limit...

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Pilot Training and the Boeing 737 Max 8

Pilot Training and the Boeing 737 Max 8

Pilot training that matters What a mess. I heard some disturbing news about the first Boeing Max 8 accident today. The headlines reported that the pilots actually did follow the procedures laid out by Boeing per the aircraft pilot training checklist ...

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Aviation Weather: The Rain Bomb!

Aviation Weather: The Rain Bomb!

Another example of why aviation weather training is an essential component of flight safety If you’ve ever had the urge to play chicken with aviation weather…. If you’ve ever tried to beat a storm to the runway…. Or convinced yourself that you can “d...

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High Density Air and its Influence on Aircraft Performance

High Density Air and its Influence on Aircraft Performance

Hot air rises Density altitude has a notable effect on aircraft performance. One phrase often used when speaking of  aircraft performance is “high, hot, and humid”. This references high altitude, hot temperature, and humid air...all of which are...

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Crew Resource Management and the 737 Max 8

Crew Resource Management and the 737 Max 8

Crew Resource Management and Aeronautical Decision Making An interesting new piece of information has been published about the Lion Air 737 Max 8 accident last October and it is yet another reminder of the life saving benefits of Crew Resource Manage...

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Aviation Weather - A Story of a Not So Pretty Spring Shower

Aviation Weather - A Story of a Not So Pretty Spring Shower

From Ice to Rain - Aviation Weather Can Still Dampen a Flight Spring is here! That magnificent time of the year when the snow is melting and the promise of kinder and gentler aviation weather is on the minds of all winter weary pilots…. But spring is...

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Health Risks and the Stressors of Flight

Health Risks and the Stressors of Flight

How to better maintain a healthy lifestyle A career in aviation comes with its own set of occupational health risks - including an increased chance of cancer, back issues, and mental health concerns. Consistent preventive measures can greatly reduce ...

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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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