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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.
New Online Pilot Training Initiatives at CTS

New Online Pilot Training Initiatives at CTS

Learning Checkpoints, Case Studies, and User-Guided Tutorials   The CTS team of developers has been hard at work creating ways to add more user engagement to the tutorial experience and we’re excited to introduce three new interactive initiative...

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Flight Visualization with Chair Flying

Flight Visualization with Chair Flying

The Value of Repetition   Norman Vincent Peale is credited with saying that “repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into habit, which repeated frequently enough becomes an automatic reflex”. In the case of flying, having the ...

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New Lithium Ion Battery Shipping Marks and Labels for 2019

New Lithium Ion Battery Shipping Marks and Labels for 2019

Time’s up! The two year transition period is over. January 1, 2019 was the end of the “phase-in” for the new marks and labels for lithium ion batteries. . Throw your old lithium ion battery shipping labels in the trash and make sure you have the new ...

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Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part IV

Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part IV

The Pilot’s View Let’s say you’re a pilot who works for an amazing company that has decided to transition to world class online pilot training. Maybe you’re not so sure about it...how it works, what you will get out of it, how difficult it will be….....

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RNAV SIDs, Making Sense of Climb Via

RNAV SIDs, Making Sense of Climb Via

The importance of RNAV SID phraseology In recent years, area navigation (RNAV) has been gaining a significant foothold in the National Airspace (NAS) as ground-based navigation is being relied upon less. The preference for RNAV is substantiated by th...

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Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part III

Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part III

Enrolling in online pilot training in a digital world OK. You’ve made the decision to modernize your aviation training department to join the e-learning world. What now? Well, just like in the old days when the yellow pages let your fingers do the wa...

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Defining the Critical Engine

Defining the Critical Engine

This week’s blog entry on the critical engine is for our piston and turboprop audience. In single-engine operations, your only engine is the “critical” engine. However, for multi-engine aircraft, the critical engine is commonly defined as the engine ...

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Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the Leap! Part II

Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the Leap! Part II

So you’re thinking about upgrading your training department and converting to computer-based….Let’s talk benefits! In my experience as both the student and the instructor, here are the top 6 benefits I’ve found for converting to a computer-based trai...

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The Decision to go-around

The Decision to go-around

When to stay and when to go When progressing through flight training in the military, a go-around was one of the first maneuvers I learned. At the same time, we are taught that taking a conservative approach to flying is the safer route to take. Ther...

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Part 135 Online Training: Take the leap!

Part 135 Online Training: Take the leap!

As a retired line pilot, Chief Pilot, and Check Airman I’ve witnessed and presented training in varying ways, from old schoolhouse training to online, we’ve tried them all. This is part 1 of a blog series dedicated to making a switch to online traini...

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H135 Training - New to CTS

H135 Training - New to CTS

H135 Training for Multiple Models CTS is adding a new course on the Airbus H135 (EC-135) models T3/P3 and T3H/P3H to our extensive course library. It features tutorials covering the following systems: Electrical, Fuel, Hydraulic, Powerplant (Pratt &a...

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Midair Collision Avoidance

Midair Collision Avoidance

Remaining safe in the air Midair Collisions (MACs) are one of the greatest threats to pilots even though they are oftentimes preventable. Indeed, by recognizing MACs as a threat and defining and utilizing the see-and-avoid concept, while simultaneous...

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Bird Strike

Bird Strike

What to do in the Event of a Bird Strike Birds are a significant threat to aviation and their presence presents many potential hazards. A bird strike may be so small that it goes completely unnoticed by the crew until the walk around after landing. H...

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SLD Icing: Avoid, avoid, avoid!

SLD Icing: Avoid, avoid, avoid!

Supercooled Large Droplets...If that phrase doesn’t make your skin crawl, then you probably haven’t inadvertently flown into them. The dreaded SLD...You know there is something different about this icing encounter because of the “splat” noise that it...

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Electronic Flight Bag

Electronic Flight Bag

CTS now offers an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) course featuring the following tutorial: Introduction to EFBs, EFB Operation, and Abnormal and Emergency Procedures. The tutorial contains interactive slides and learning checkpoints to keep the user enga...

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Concise Communications in the Air

Concise Communications in the Air

How to make yourself a better, safer pilot. Radio communications are a huge part of a pilot’s daily life. From getting the ATIS broadcast prior to taking off to receiving ground clearance for parking, the reality is that a pilot’s listening and speak...

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Missing the missed approach

Missing the missed approach

It was a dark and snowy night… Our non -tower destination would require an approach through a mountain pass, with an equally precise missed approach back out through the mountains, if necessary. With 2 hours of flying still to go, our 4:00 AM wakeup ...

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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

Flying with Family & Friends With the holidays quickly approaching many pilots, especially those with roots in general aviation, choose to fly with family and friends. There are a handful of tips, tricks, and important reminders that can help suc...

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The Unique Insurance Needs of Pilots

The Unique Insurance Needs of Pilots

Pilots are a special breed of worker. I honestly don’t know any other employee group that is required to jump through more physical and mental hoops just to get to work. But I get it…most aircraft don’t land themselves and since 35,000 feet is no pla...

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The Art of the Proper Maintenance Write Up

The Art of the Proper Maintenance Write Up

Last week my co-pilot and I were climbing through FL310, casually discussing the events of the day, when we were suddenly interrupted by the bright glare of the HYDRAULIC PUMP warning light. As always, I took a deep breath to give myself a few second...

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