TAILWINDS

Training News To Keep You Current

 

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.
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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If The Course Fits - We’ll Help You Train on It

If The Course Fits - We’ll Help You Train on It

Imagine pilots, technical writers, and production artists with thread and thimbles. Like a tailor working on a dress or tuxedo CTS can create a subject to fit our customer’s unique needs - which we do...often! One of our most recent custom subjects c...

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A Change Will Do Us Good

A Change Will Do Us Good

Change isn’t always a bad thing, and when it comes to training course updates (and between the couch cushions), CTS believes this to be true. We’re currently in the process of updating our RVSM course, as well as creating new courses for PBCS and PBN...

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Crew Resource Management and HAA Flight Acceptance

Crew Resource Management and HAA Flight Acceptance

Resource Management on HAA Flights I hate waking up in the morning and seeing the EMS Wings symbol with a black line through it on social media. It means we lost another one. The latest tragedy claimed 3 more lives in Ohio. it is yet another sad remi...

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Aeronautical Decision Making Benefits from Reports of Ice

Aeronautical Decision Making Benefits from Reports of Ice

Pay it forward: Share clear, mixed, and rime ice PIREPS to help others’ aeronautical decision making It’s easy for us to forget the importance of passing along critical PIREP information when encountering clear, mixed, or rime ice during flight. Thos...

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CTS is Looking Forward to the 2019 HAI HELI Expo

CTS is Looking Forward to the 2019 HAI HELI Expo

CTS is Hitting the Skies to Talk Rotor Wing Between the cold temperatures, snow, and ice CTS is getting cabin fever - so we’re headed to Atlanta for the HAI HELI-EXPO Booth #C3930 March 5-7. We’d be happy to talk to you about solutions to your helico...

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Weight and Balance and Your Aircraft’s Performance

Weight and Balance and Your Aircraft’s Performance

Staying Balanced on the Ground and in the Air   A solid understanding of weight and balance is imperative to aircraft performance and remaining safely with the flight envelope. Knowing the definitions and associated concepts help pilots to ensur...

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Runway Braking Action Codes

Runway Braking Action Codes

Runway Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) The braking action report for the runway you are about to land on is 5/3/2. Is that good? Is it Bad? What are runway braking action codes and what exactly do they mean?? The other day I was fl...

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Aviation Weather - Cloud Types

Aviation Weather - Cloud Types

A Better Understanding of Aviation Weather Clouds play an important role in aviation weather and serve as vital indicators to pilots. It’s imperative to be familiar with the different cloud types and more specifically, what each type reveals in terms...

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Helicopter Safety - Accident Trends

Helicopter Safety - Accident Trends

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has just compiled data from its third annual survey of civil helicopter operators to determine which safety initiatives are being implemented and which ones are being ignored. They want to know how safe...

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Cold and getting colder

Cold and getting colder

What cold temperatures mean to calculating a pressure altitude correction High-to-low, look-out-below! We’ve been hearing that since our private-pilot days. But what about “Cold and low, look out below”? How many times have you heard that warning? An...

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How Interference Testing Affect GPS Navigation

How Interference Testing Affect GPS Navigation

The US military has been conducting large scale national security exercises in which GPS navigation signals are degraded to test defense systems and preparedness. I certainly understand the necessity for such testing – I want us to be ready for anyth...

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