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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.
HAI HELI-EXPO is CTS’s First Show of the New Decade

HAI HELI-EXPO is CTS’s First Show of the New Decade

The Vortex of HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 is drawing us in Happy New Year! CTS is heading to sunny California for the 2020 HAI HELI-EXPO January 28-30 and would love to talk with you. Find us at Booth #5433 and let us show you what we’re excited about this ye...

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Crew Resource Management: A Wild Ride At O’hare

Crew Resource Management: A Wild Ride At O’hare

Crew Resource Management when it works well, works well Quick. You just landed. You press on the brakes and…nothing happens. No brakes, no airbrakes, no reverse. Nothing. What’s your next move? What would you do? Sounds like a bad simulator training ...

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Aviation Weather Conditions Cause Spatial Disorientation

Aviation Weather Conditions Cause Spatial Disorientation

Aviation weather phenomena changes can lead to serious consequences White out, brown out and flat light conditions are dangerous aviation weather phenomena for all pilots, but helicopter pilots seem to suffer more ill effects than their fixed wing co...

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Crew Resource Management: Does A “Weird Feeling” Count?

Crew Resource Management: Does A “Weird Feeling” Count?

Crew Resource Management may include listening to your gut Imagine screaming down the runway at 100 knots, fully expecting the nose to lift off, but nothing is happening. Now imagine that you’re the pilot not flying (PNF) and you don’t know WHY the n...

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Advanced Pilot Training for the Low Time Pilot

Advanced Pilot Training for the Low Time Pilot

Pilot training classes don’t account for flight experience There is a new trend in pilot training that I had the chance to witness first hand in my initial Falcon 2000 Type Rating class. I must admit, this new trend makes me uneasy on multiple levels...

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Pilot Training for Rejected Takeoff

Pilot Training for Rejected Takeoff

Pilot training for rejected takeoff works best when you follow through on your own briefing There I was, halfway through initial pilot training for the Falcon 2000. It was rejected take-off day in the simulator, a maneuver that has always been relati...

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Pilot Training: Using Your iPad in the Dark

Pilot Training: Using Your iPad in the Dark

Pilot training and flying in the dark is easier on the eyes with a simple adjustment to the iPad Oh how I dislike the weeks of pilot training in a dark simulator. It’s hard enough trying to find all the switches and knobs in the dark, but trying to r...

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Aviation Weather Creates Winter Runway Hazards

Aviation Weather Creates Winter Runway Hazards

Aviation Weather Produces Wary Winter Pilots Did you see the video recently showing the airline skidding off the icy runway at O’Hare? It’s that time of year again…aviation weather is about to wreak havoc with our runways. If it can happen at O’Hare,...

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Pilot Training: The Controllability Check

Pilot Training: The Controllability Check

Pilot training that includes the controllability check can help ready pilots for mid air incidents Have you ever considered what you would do if you suddenly became a test pilot in the aircraft you have been flying for years? It can happen in the bli...

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Aviation Weather: Flying With Stratus

Aviation Weather: Flying With Stratus

Aviation weather reports made easier with Status ADS-B The Stratus ADS-B receiver has become the most popular aviation weather receiver for the iPad, and for good reason: it is incredibly simple to use. Just turn it on and within minutes you will see...

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Aviation Airspace Corrupted by Holiday Laser-Light Displays

Aviation Airspace Corrupted by Holiday Laser-Light Displays

FAA warns pilots of increased laser strikes from holiday displays infecting aviation airspace I love driving around in my car during the holidays, looking at the beautiful laser light displays in the neighborhoods near my house. Unfortunately, the FA...

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Pilot Training: When to Reject Reject Reject!

Pilot Training: When to Reject Reject Reject!

What do you do when not all pilot training is the same for something like aborted takeoffs? Ask 100 pilots the question, “Who has the authority to call for an abort?” and you may get 100 different answers. Well, not 100 different answers, but heated ...

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FAA First Class Medical - The Effects of Cosmic Radiation

FAA First Class Medical - The Effects of Cosmic Radiation

Your FAA First Class Medical can save your life from the effects of cosmic radiation Several years ago, I was in the middle of a routine FAA First Class Medical exam when all of a sudden it stopped being routine. The Doctor asked me to swallow while ...

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Garmin’s New Emergency Autoland System

Garmin’s New Emergency Autoland System

New Garmin emergency autoland system could save lives and aircraft My home town suffered a huge loss when a local philanthropist and his wife were killed in a tragic airplane crash a few years ago. The couple owned a TBM-700 and departed for their va...

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Pilot Training: Don’t forget the All Mighty Checklist

Pilot Training: Don’t forget the All Mighty Checklist

Pilot training taught us never to skip a checklist item - so why do we? We recently flew the boss between two cities in Tennessee. The flight wasn’t long and we didn’t go very high, but we did learn a valuable lesson that apparently didn’t sink in du...

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Part 91 Takeoff Minimums for Charitably Donated Flights

Part 91 Takeoff Minimums for Charitably Donated Flights

Part 91 takeoff minimums are still required, but not more stringent when accepting charitable passenger flights As a 10 year pilot for an air ambulance company, I understand the transportation needs of the sick and injured. The flights are carefully ...

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Single Pilot Resource Management: “BFAT” for Safety

Single Pilot Resource Management: “BFAT” for Safety

“BFAT” When it Comes to Single Pilot Resource Management  It’s tricky transitioning from being a part of a 2-pilot crew to being all alone up there. Most of my career was spent as an airline pilot “crew member” with 2 (or 3) of us flying the pla...

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Aviation Flight Planning with Foreflight ADS-B Traffic Alerts

Aviation Flight Planning with Foreflight ADS-B Traffic Alerts

Aviation flight planning is a bit easier with Foreflight’s traffic alert option Did you know that Foreflight offers a traffic display that complements the traffic you see on your instrument panel? The Foreflight ADS-B traffic is not a complete pictur...

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ILS Approach is Not the Time for a Casual Attitude

ILS Approach is Not the Time for a Casual Attitude

An ILS approach taken casually can end in disaster When flying an ILS approach to minimums, situational awareness is critical. But when you’re flying an ILS approach to minimums with inoperative equipment, you better know exactly where you are in rel...

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Aircraft Performance: Deadline looming to have your ADS-B updated

Aircraft Performance: Deadline looming to have your ADS-B updated

Aircraft Performance: Check on your ADS-B before the end of the year January 1, 2020 marks the deadline for pilots to get their aircraft outfitted with the FAA’s mandate for ADS-B Out updates. Between 2012 and 2014 the standard for ADS-B was changed ...

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