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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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CFIT Avoidance: Are you doing everything you should?

CFIT Avoidance: Are you doing everything you should?

CFIT avoidance Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) continues to prove a very real issue in aviation despite continued advances in both pilot training and aircraft technology. In fact, the statistics surrounding CFIT incidents are alarming. On avera...

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Recurrent training for the trainers (training writers)....

Recurrent training for the trainers (training writers)....

The first days of May found snow on the Rockies and safety in the conference hall of the Business Aviation Safety Summit in Denver, Colorado. CTS was a first-time attendee of the summit and an active participate in every training session. If there wa...

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Top 10 Reasons to Choose CTS for Online Training

Top 10 Reasons to Choose CTS for Online Training

We know there are other online training sources you can use, so why choose us? Well, we’re glad you asked...here’s 10 reasons! 1. Not your traditional training. The aviation industry (and technology) is changing, and it’s important to keep training c...

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Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum: RVSM Airspace

Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum: RVSM Airspace

Note the value of RVSM airspace Reduced Vertical Separation Minimum (RVSM) reduces the required separation between aircraft from a 2000 ft minimum to a 1000 ft minimum at flight levels between 290 and 410. Its purpose is to increase airspace capacity...

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Flight Planning: The STAR Gotcha

Flight Planning: The STAR Gotcha

Follow the STAR on the map for flight planning STAR procedures (Standard Terminal Arrivals) were created for flight planning as a way for those equipped with GPS navigation to help ATC streamline arrivals at busy airports. Imagine aircraft arriving f...

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Aviation Pilot Training and the Atlas Air Accident

Aviation Pilot Training and the Atlas Air Accident

Could more or different pilot training have helped in the Atlas Air Accident? I just read some very disturbing news about the Atlas Air “Giant” accident in Houston. Inside sources say this could be one of the worst cases of pilot training error in re...

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The Underutilized Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP)

The Underutilized Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP)

ODPs place significant responsibility on pilots Obstacle Departure Procedures (ODP) are underutilized aviation tools - possibly a result of how unfamiliar and uncomfortable many pilots are with them. If obstacles in a departure area require a climb o...

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