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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.
Going Beyond FAA Regulations to Ensure Tire Preservation

Going Beyond FAA Regulations to Ensure Tire Preservation

FAA regulations for your aircraft tires may need extra steps added while you and your aircraft wait Covid-19 is sending many aircraft into extended storage, raising concerns about tire safety. FAA regulations require tire inspections before each flig...

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Pilot Training and a New Aircraft System Help Runway Overrun

Pilot Training and a New Aircraft System Help Runway Overrun

In addition to pilot training, runway overrun accidents may decrease after the creation of an overrun awareness alert system It’s almost embarrassing that a system needed to be developed to help pilots avoid runway overruns….Shouldn’t pilot training ...

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FAA Regulations Don't Quite Cut it According to NTSB

FAA Regulations Don't Quite Cut it According to NTSB

FAA regulations do not cover all the bases, the NTSB wants to add more recording devices to aircraft If the FAA Regulations had required that all commercial helicopters had data and image recorders onboard, then the Kobe Bryant accident, and others l...

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GPS Navigation Now A Target of Ransomware Attacks

GPS Navigation Now A Target of Ransomware Attacks

EFB programs make GPS navigation easier and faster unless the program is the victim of a cyber attack Ransomware attacks are becoming almost routine these days, but the hackers are suddenly upping their game and it’s getting really scary. GPS navigat...

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Pilot Training Should Include Extra Vigilance for Aircraft Coming Out of Maintenance

Pilot Training Should Include Extra Vigilance for Aircraft Coming Out of Maintenance

Pilot training for extra caution when operating an aircraft after performed maintenance could save lives Early in my corporate flying career, I flew a Citation that had just come out of maintenance. We were having a hard time getting it trimmed prope...

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Flight Planning Keeps Getting Easier with New EFB Apps

Flight Planning Keeps Getting Easier with New EFB Apps

Another EFB app is about to make your flight planning, and flying, easier and safer Aviation flight planning is getting easier and easier these days. Appareo has just released its new Stratus Insight EFB App and it’s got some neat features. Insight i...

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FAA Regulations and the “Sham Dry Lease”

FAA Regulations and the “Sham Dry Lease”

FAA regulations take leasing rules seriously - pilots may want to brush up on these rules The FAA issued an informational letter reminding all pilots that the regulations for operational control MUST be followed when flying for compensation or for hi...

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Your Pilot Medical May be Affected for years due to Covid-19

Your Pilot Medical May be Affected for years due to Covid-19

What happens when the effects of Covid-19 linger for weeks or even months? The Covid-19 virus may interfere with our ability to get or renew a pilot medical, and that’s very scary news for those of us who earn a living flying aircraft. Medical expert...

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Alternate Pilot Currency Requirements to Carry Passengers at Night

Alternate Pilot Currency Requirements to Carry Passengers at Night

So in the midst of this Coronavirus pandemic and the grounding of airplanes everywhere, I was thinking about my night currency. I suppose it should be the least of my worries, but still, I was trying to remember when I last flew at night. And I was t...

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Your IFR Flight Plan is Now Easier to Visualize

Your IFR Flight Plan is Now Easier to Visualize

Visualizing your IFR flight plan is getting easier Filing an IFR flight plan into a busy airport with multiple approaches and complicated arrival/departure procedures is a little easier for pilots flying with Garmin avionics. Version 10 has just been...

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Pilot Training May Benefit from a Look at Showboating

Pilot Training May Benefit from a Look at Showboating

Should pilot training discuss the dangers of showing off? The NTSB has released the factual report on the crash of former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay. He was flying his Icon A5 light sport amphibious airplane in 2017 when he lost contr...

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New Flight Plan Parameters for Electric Airplanes

New Flight Plan Parameters for Electric Airplanes

Electric airplanes could be filling up airspace soon, we can also expect changes to how we file a flight plan The Grand Caravan has an electric engine now! A prototype 208B just made a historic 30 minute flight and the all-electric propulsion system ...

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Drug Use and Your Flight Plan Do Not Mix

Drug Use and Your Flight Plan Do Not Mix

Your flight plan may need to include more time focused on your drug use The NTSB released their latest report on drug use trends for pilots and the news is not good. The report is based on the toxicology of flying pilots who died in aircraft accident...

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Additional Pilot Training to Cover Aviation Fuel Biocides

Additional Pilot Training to Cover Aviation Fuel Biocides

Pilot training may be needed to cover certain aviation fuel biocides to prevent fuel contamination The FAA has issued a Special Airworthiness Information Bulletin (SAIB) warning pilots about the use of certain aviation fuel biocides. I believe this S...

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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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