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Part 91 Takeoff Minimums for Charitably Donated Flights

Part 91 Takeoff Minimums for Charitably Donated Flights

Part 91 takeoff minimums are still required, but not more stringent when accepting charitable passenger flights As a 10 year pilot for an air ambulance company, I understand the transportation needs of the sick and injured. The flights are carefully ...

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Single Pilot Resource Management: “BFAT” for Safety

Single Pilot Resource Management: “BFAT” for Safety

“BFAT” When it Comes to Single Pilot Resource Management  It’s tricky transitioning from being a part of a 2-pilot crew to being all alone up there. Most of my career was spent as an airline pilot “crew member” with 2 (or 3) of us flying the pla...

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Aviation Flight Planning with Foreflight ADS-B Traffic Alerts

Aviation Flight Planning with Foreflight ADS-B Traffic Alerts

Aviation flight planning is a bit easier with Foreflight’s traffic alert option Did you know that Foreflight offers a traffic display that complements the traffic you see on your instrument panel? The Foreflight ADS-B traffic is not a complete pictur...

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ILS Approach is Not the Time for a Casual Attitude

ILS Approach is Not the Time for a Casual Attitude

An ILS approach taken casually can end in disaster When flying an ILS approach to minimums, situational awareness is critical. But when you’re flying an ILS approach to minimums with inoperative equipment, you better know exactly where you are in rel...

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Aircraft Performance: Deadline looming to have your ADS-B updated

Aircraft Performance: Deadline looming to have your ADS-B updated

Aircraft Performance: Check on your ADS-B before the end of the year January 1, 2020 marks the deadline for pilots to get their aircraft outfitted with the FAA’s mandate for ADS-B Out updates. Between 2012 and 2014 the standard for ADS-B was changed ...

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Pilot Training - Vmc Rollover Maneuvers

Pilot Training - Vmc Rollover Maneuvers

Pilot training may have been a while ago, now may be a good time for a Vmc Rollover refresher The news report said that the King Air pilots were confused about what was happening to the left engine during the takeoff. I wish they knew they only had s...

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A Pilot Training Refresher for Fuel Contamination

A Pilot Training Refresher for Fuel Contamination

Pilot training covers fuel contamination, and it may be time for a refresher Fuel contamination is a serious threat that needs to be considered prior to each and every flight. In fact, it’s so important, we’re actually taught about it during our very...

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Pilot Training: How to Become a Professional Pilot

Pilot Training: How to Become a Professional Pilot

Pilot training may be pricey, but offers multiple areas of employment With the growing pilot shortage, a career in aviation is becoming more appealing to many. However, pilot training is notoriously time consuming and expensive. Luckily there are sev...

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The Life Saving Magic of Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications

The Life Saving Magic of Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications

Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications Confession time…I am the laziest pilot in the world when it comes to uncontrolled airport radio communications. I’ll be busy doing a checklist or programming the FMS as we taxi for takeoff at a quiet, seeming...

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CTS is at AMTC Demonstrating Online Training Courses

CTS is at AMTC Demonstrating Online Training Courses

CTS offers online training in the air medical field CTS is excited to be a part of The Association of Air Medical Services and is attending the 2019 Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) November 4-6 in Atlanta, GA. We’re looking forward to meeting...

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Fighting For Your Pilot Medical

Fighting For Your Pilot Medical

New mediation allows pilots to advocate for their pilot medical without a lawyer As a thyroid cancer survivor, I am no stranger to the angst involved with losing my pilot medical and then waiting an eternity to get it back. And I know I’m not alone. ...

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Flight Physiology and Your Quality of Sleep

Flight Physiology and Your Quality of Sleep

Logging more sleep hours can benefit your flying Ahhhh, the elusive search for sleep. If you’re anything like me, you might as well be looking for a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, but if you care at all about flight physiology, you’ll pay att...

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Sun Glare Leads To Accidental Landing In Class D Airspace

Sun Glare Leads To Accidental Landing In Class D Airspace

Sun glare can lead pilots to the wrong airspace - Class D! Oh boy. Another crew landed at the wrong airport ( ACN: 1513320 ) and as luck would have it, the airport was in Class D Airspace. No judgement here! But there are definite lessons to be learn...

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Your Pilot Medical And The Dangers Of Blue Light

Your Pilot Medical And The Dangers Of Blue Light

Helping your Pilot Medical Avoid a Dive When I was just starting out in aviation a hundred years ago, my biggest source of anxiety was my pilot medical. Specifically, passing the vision portion. I would stop drinking caffeine 2 weeks before my appoin...

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CTS is Demonstrating Online Pilot Training Courses at NBAA-BACE

CTS is Demonstrating Online Pilot Training Courses at NBAA-BACE

Join CTS at NBAA-BACE in Vegas CTS is happy to once again participate in the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), October 22-24 in Las Vegas. We’re excited to talk about pilot training and how we can help you customize a tr...

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Fuel Contamination Leads to Issuance of New Warnings and “DEF” Labels

Fuel Contamination Leads to Issuance of New Warnings and “DEF” Labels

NATA Issues DEF Stickers to Help Avoid Fuel Contamination Pilots need to be aware of a fuel contamination issue that has led to a serious loss of power on multiple aircraft in recent months. The contamination occurs when ground handlers mistake diese...

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Pilot Training: Don’t Be That Guy!

Pilot Training: Don’t Be That Guy!

Pilot training experience should be taken seriously before releasing control of a flight Have you ever read an accident report that left you wondering about the chain of events that led up to the accident, especially if it was clearly a pilot trainin...

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MNPS Approvals Expire December 31, 2019

MNPS Approvals Expire December 31, 2019

Updates Required to replace MNPS MNPS approvals issued to U.S. Operators before 2016 must be updated by December 31, 2019, if these operators want to keep flying the North Atlantic. Beginning in January 2020, the term MNPS (Minimum Navigation Perform...

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IFR Approach Clearance at Uncontrolled Airports - A success

IFR Approach Clearance at Uncontrolled Airports - A success

IFR clearance at uncontrolled airports is getting a little bit easier Who’s ready for some amazing news? Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications just arrived in the 21st Century! Those of us who have struggled to get an IFR approach clearance at un...

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ILS Approach Briefing: Something To Consider

ILS Approach Briefing: Something To Consider

Include approach lighting in your briefing to avoid huge landing mistakes Quick! How do you know for sure which side of the runway the VASI/PAPI is on? And more importantly, when flying an ILS approach to minimums, do you always BRIEF which side the ...

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