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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 Insurance Cost Spikes may be Alleviated with an SMS Program

Aviation Insurance Cost Spikes may be Alleviated with an SMS Program

Aviation insurance costs may soon increase It seems as though the aviation insurance industry is going through some pretty big changes lately. Changes that have personally affected my employer and even my pilot friends. Insurance companies are lookin...

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FAA Regulations - Pilot Fatigue

FAA Regulations - Pilot Fatigue

FAA regulations don’t cover a poor night’s sleep I remember flying with a pilot who said he gets tired just looking at an airplane. I think most of us can relate. Fatigue is a big deal for pilots and for the safety of the flights we operate. FAA Regu...

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What We Need to Know to Disinfect Aircraft During COVID-19

What We Need to Know to Disinfect Aircraft During COVID-19

The COVID-19 virus pandemic has the industry looking at how to effectively disinfect our aircraft Many of us in business aviation find ourselves in uncharted territory with the explosion of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. We learn a lot of things in pil...

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Pilot Training for Upset Prevention and Recovery

Pilot Training for Upset Prevention and Recovery

Pilot training so important the FAA offers free courses In 2019 the FAA made upset and full stall recovery simulator training became a requirement for US air carrier pilots. Based on experience, I am a firm believer in the value of Upset Prevention a...

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Pilot Training that Includes Runway Warning Systems

Pilot Training that Includes Runway Warning Systems

Pilot training doesn’t cover everything, but should the RWSL be included? The FAA’s Runway Status Lights System (RWSL) is now operational at 20 major U.S. airports and I think it should be included in pilot training to explain the technology to pilot...

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Does your Aviation Weather Briefing Include Smoke and Ash?

Does your Aviation Weather Briefing Include Smoke and Ash?

Aviation weather briefings that include smoke and ash in wildfire areas can help keep the smoke out of your eyes Flying over or through the smoke and ash of a major wildfire is something that you won’t soon forget. Unfortunately, wildfire seasons are...

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FAA Restricts Aviation Airspace in The Middle East

FAA Restricts Aviation Airspace in The Middle East

FAA issues advisories for civilian aircraft flying aviation airspace in the Middle East  With all the recent tension and uncertainty in the Middle East, the FAA issued NOTAM advises caution on all U.S. civil aviation operators flying in the avia...

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Tracking Drones within the National Aviation Airspace System

Tracking Drones within the National Aviation Airspace System

Unidentified drones in aviation airspace will now be more identifiable with a new FAA rule to track drones Last year, unidentified drones were flying in groups of ten or more in Colorado...at night. The FAA is trying to locate the person (or people) ...

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Uncontrolled Airport Procedures with the Help of an APU

Uncontrolled Airport Procedures with the Help of an APU

Uncontrolled airport procedures can be a little easier with an extra power source Life sure got a lot better when my boss bought a jet with an APU. I didn’t realize how spoiled I would become, and I’m not just talking about the environmental benefits...

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Aviation Weather: A Weekend Story of Staying Ahead of Winter Weather

Aviation Weather: A Weekend Story of Staying Ahead of Winter Weather

Best to deal with aviation weather before it arrives Is it Spring yet? No, don’t answer that. I can see the date on my phone. Weather in the dead of winter and its affect on aviation are such a Debbie Downer. I’m sitting in my hotel room with one mor...

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Aviation Weather Wintertime Illusions

Aviation Weather Wintertime Illusions

Aviation weather calls for extra awareness of the possibility of whiteout and flat light I was driving home last December on a nice day in upstate New York when all of a sudden, a squall line came blasting through and my whole world disappeared in a ...

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The Importance of Pilot Training Preflight Procedures

The Importance of Pilot Training Preflight Procedures

Pilot training covers a lot that will keep both your flight and your pride intact A couple of weeks ago, I began to taxi toward the active runway and quickly noticed that the steering tiller had absolutely no effect on where the aircraft was heading....

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ILS Approach Safety Increases with Wearable HUDs

ILS Approach Safety Increases with Wearable HUDs

ILS approach safety may increase with advances to head-up display technology I saw a car commercial the other day that described the safety benefits of its Head-up Display (HUD) technology and I remember thinking it must be nice to be able to afford ...

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RVSM: Respect the Airspace

RVSM: Respect the Airspace

Avoiding RAs in RVSM Airspace I just read an article about how a triple Resolution Advisory (RA) event recently occurred in RVSM Airspace. I honestly don’t know why this doesn’t happen daily - one thousand feet of separation is not very much and if p...

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Pilot Medical: How a fume event may lead to permanent damage

Pilot Medical: How a fume event may lead to permanent damage

Your pilot medical, and life, may be on the line if you’ve experienced a fume event I must admit, with over 30 years of professional flying experience and 30 years of filling out the paperwork for my pilot medical experience, I have never heard of a ...

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FAA First Class Medical Now Possible for Diabetic Pilots

FAA First Class Medical Now Possible for Diabetic Pilots

A diabetes diagnosis may no longer mean a loss of your FAA First Class medical When my best friend told me that her son was interested in becoming a commercial pilot, she was over the moon excited. With all the family travel benefits and sky high sal...

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Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications

Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications

Flying into an uncontrolled airport certainly isn’t an ideal time for radio failure I experienced my first radio failure the other day. It was more like total radio static - but it was enough that we couldn’t hear anything that the controller was say...

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Part 135 Certification For Drone Delivery in Aviation Airspace

Part 135 Certification For Drone Delivery in Aviation Airspace

Heads up: UPS has received Part 135 Certification for drones Aviation airspace just got a whole lot busier - drones are here to stay. “UPS Flight Forward received the first full FAA Standard Part 135 Certification for commercial unmanned drone delive...

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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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