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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.
FAR and AIM Policies: Bird Strikes

FAR and AIM Policies: Bird Strikes

It’s a bird...flying right towards you - both the FARs and the AIM say your responsible to know it’s there already Wait. Did I read that right? According to both the FARs and the AIM, a pilot can be held responsible when his/her airplane strikes wild...

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GPS Navigation Training Features

GPS Navigation Training Features

GPS navigation gets easier with training features GPS navigation has created a huge leap forward in situational awareness for pilots, and for the most part, the programing of a GPS is intuitive. But certain features take a little more thought to unde...

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GPS Navigation Disruptions...During Flight

GPS Navigation Disruptions...During Flight

GPS Navigation Jamming It’s easy to take GPS navigation for granted, especially since it is becoming such an integral part of modern day aviation. GPS disruption, however, is a growing problem that needs to be recognized and addressed by the aviation...

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Will pilot training need to include weight training?

Will pilot training need to include weight training?

Pilot training that involves physical training Physical strength is rarely an issue in pilot training these days. Because of hydraulics and fly-by-wire systems, modern aircraft can often be flown using just your fingertips, but it hasn’t always been ...

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Flight Training: Lithium Ion Battery Fires

Flight Training: Lithium Ion Battery Fires

Increased use of electronics leads to increased battery fires and the need for more flight training Flight training in today’s electronic environment would not be complete without a discussion on the dangers of lithium ion batteries. These batteries ...

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Your Pilot Medical - Take Care to Avoid Blood Clots

Your Pilot Medical - Take Care to Avoid Blood Clots

Your Pilot Medical may be affected by one of the main aspects aviation There has been plenty of research regarding the connection between Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and flying, but it seems to be mainly focused on passengers of long distance flights....

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Crew Resource Management and “expectations”

Crew Resource Management and “expectations”

Good CRM can help avoid CME (Crew Management Embarrassment) We couldn’t get our engine started the other day, despite numerous attempts to identify the problem using expert crew resource management. Unfortunately, this expert crew, led by yours truly...

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Filing A Flight Plan With Foreflight: Part II

Filing A Flight Plan With Foreflight: Part II

Online Aviation Flight Planning Part I in our Aviation Flight Planning Series was about the initial steps required to prepare a flight plan using the ForeFlight application. In Part II, we’ll discuss the steps required to bring it all together, inclu...

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Aviation Flight Planning with ForeFlight: Part I

Aviation Flight Planning with ForeFlight: Part I

Online Aviation Flight Planning I have been using ForeFlight for the flying portion of my trips for what feels like forever, but I must admit, I’ve never used it for aviation flight planning until now. I guess that’s because I had no idea how to do m...

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Aviation Weather: Racing Thunderstorms

Aviation Weather: Racing Thunderstorms

Races Against Aviation Weather Can End with a Win for Mother Nature I felt like Brittany Spears singing “Whoops, I did it again”.... Mother nature was about to challenge us to a race, like she has many times before. A race between us and aviation wea...

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Aviation Weather Radar Part 4: Sirius XM

Aviation Weather Radar Part 4: Sirius XM

In Part 4 of this aviation weather series, we will be discussing the advantages and limitations of Sirius XM weather for pilots.  First, a quick reminder: ALL data link weather radar comes with a delay, and as such, it is to be used only for ove...

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International Operations Tutorials are Changing and Growing

International Operations Tutorials are Changing and Growing

International Operations options are increasing, but this means less work for you We’ve read the notes, listened to the calls, and even gone through the subject ourselves; we’re happy to announce that our International Operations plant is growing!&nb...

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Aviation Weather Radar Part 3: ADS-B Radar

Aviation Weather Radar Part 3: ADS-B Radar

ADS-B radar is helpful while flying in aviation weather, but note time adjustments Improvements in aviation weather radar technology have had a tremendous impact on pilot situational awareness. Flying in weather is now safer than ever before. In fact...

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Aviation Weather Radar Part 2: Base v Composite Reflectivity

Aviation Weather Radar Part 2: Base v Composite Reflectivity

Aviation Weather Radar: Base vs. Composite Reflectivity In Part 2 of our series on Aviation Weather Radar, we’re going to discuss the distinction between base and composite reflectivity. I’ve seen these two options on apps like Foreflight, but I neve...

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GPS Navigation System Failure Grounds Hundreds of Flights

GPS Navigation System Failure Grounds Hundreds of Flights

A GPS navigation failure requires some pilots to contact FAA preflight and restrict flight height The FAA has reported a widespread problem with the GPS/ADS-B System over this past weekend and hundreds of flights have been cancelled as a result. Delt...

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Aviation Weather Radar Part I:  Attenuation

Aviation Weather Radar Part I: Attenuation

Aviation Weather Radar: Attenuation With the recent outbreak of severe weather in the Central United States, this is probably  a good time to talk about aviation weather radar. The advancement in radar technology has been amazing in recent years...

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Performance-Based Navigation (PBN): New CTS Tutorial

Performance-Based Navigation (PBN): New CTS Tutorial

Performance Based Navigation tutorial focuses on safety and efficiency in airspace We are looking forward to sharing with CTS users our new Performance-Based Navigation (PBN) course. PBN is part of the initiative to modernize and streamline the Natio...

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Flight Planning: A dispatcher career can help land a plane

Flight Planning: A dispatcher career can help land a plane

Flight planning and communication with flight dispatchers play an important role in aviation safety Flight dispatchers play an integral role in aviation safety. They are employed by a company or airline and are imperative to mission success. Flight d...

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Flight Performance Help by Maximizing iPad Battery Life

Flight Performance Help by Maximizing iPad Battery Life

The Life of Your iPad Battery The life of your iPad battery is something you probably don’t think about too much when considering flight performance, that is until you’re at that “uh-oh” moment. I notice it mostly on days with multiple legs - and it’...

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RVSM and ADS-B Updates

RVSM and ADS-B Updates

RVSM and ADS-B updates - now with more incentive Tick tock, tick tock… The deadline is quickly approaching for ADS-B installation, but aircraft owners may get a pleasant surprise when it comes to RVSM authorization requirements. While the mandate for...

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