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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.
Part 135 Operators: Are crewmembers getting enough rest time?

Part 135 Operators: Are crewmembers getting enough rest time?

Sleep tight, don’t let the FAA bite. The NBAA released a free webinar explaining tricky duty vs. rest time scenarios and how to ensure FAA compliance through them. Passengers arriving late or “tail end” repositioning can stretch the limits of Part 13...

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Service with a Smile: It's the Little Things

Service with a Smile: It's the Little Things

Customer Service Tips for the Aviation Industry Since April is Customer Service Month, let’s start the CTS  blogs for the month with general customer service tips. Every crew member can make a difference in the flight experience for the customer...

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Whiskey Compass: Fact vs Fiction

Whiskey Compass: Fact vs Fiction

What’s in a name? There are many rumors as to how the magnetic compass, found in the cockpit of many aircraft, became known as the ‘whiskey compass.’ Some say it was dubbed the whiskey compass to remind pilots to refill the compass fluids with t...

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ICAO PBCS Deadline on Track

ICAO PBCS Deadline on Track

ICAO PBCS Half-tracks, Whole New Ballgame Starting March 29, 2018, you must be compliant with new Performance Based Communication and Surveillance (PBCS) guidelines set by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) when travelling on half-t...

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Beyond the Basics: Part 135 Indoc Training

Beyond the Basics: Part 135 Indoc Training

Attention all Part 135 Operators: As we continually strive to provide excellent online aviation training, we at CTS want to keep you informed on the many training options available through our programs. Today, we are addressing Part 135 courses and h...

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Arctic Flying: Part 2

Arctic Flying: Part 2

Whiteout and Flat Light Considerations As we know from our previous blog (see Arctic Flying: Part 1 ), there are many optical hazards while flying in the Arctic region. The snow covered ground combined with overcast or extremely sunny conditions can ...

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'Climb/Descend via' Phraseology: What it Really Means

'Climb/Descend via' Phraseology: What it Really Means

Brushing up on SID and STAR ATC Communications On February 21, 2018, the NBAA posted an article asking operators to pay more attention to SID procedures, particularly those at Teterboro (TEB) and Henderson Executive (HND) airports, When “climb via” a...

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Lead the Way: GPS Training Update

Lead the Way: GPS Training Update

Extreme Makeover: CTS Edition CTS is launching a completely updated GPS training subject. The many changes included in this across-the-board revamp ranges from graphics to narration to updating material to follow the new FAA NextGen Rules and Regulat...

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2014 Helicopter Air Ambulance Restrictions: Did They Work?

2014 Helicopter Air Ambulance Restrictions: Did They Work?

4 years after the announcement of the Final Rule, CTS is finding out the truth behind the restrictions. Previously, we posted a blog on what the 2014 restrictions meant for air ambulance personnel under the pressures to take the call (see 2014 Helico...

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2014 Helicopter Air Ambulance Restrictions: What it Means for Medical Personnel

2014 Helicopter Air Ambulance Restrictions: What it Means for Medical Personnel

New Restrictions, but the Pressure is Always On 2008 ranked as the deadliest year for air ambulance operations with 5 accidents claiming 21 lives. In 2014, responding to these events, the FAA adopted more restrictions on Air Ambulance and general hel...

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The Robird: Coming to an Airspace Near You

The Robird: Coming to an Airspace Near You

Robotic Birds Taking Off as an Option to Clear Unwanted Hazards It seems many airports are trying anything to relocate birds to ensure the safety of feather-covered and metal-covered winged-friends alike. Sizeable birds in large quantities, although ...

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Hot Dog! 3 Safety Tips for Hot Refueling Procedures

Hot Dog! 3 Safety Tips for Hot Refueling Procedures

Hot, Hot, Hot Refueling As many pilots know, refueling the aircraft while the engines are still running, also known as “hot refueling,” can potentially be a high-risk situation without properly trained personnel. Although hot refueling may be the mos...

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Metal-Printing Madness: The New Wave of Aircraft Manufacturing

Metal-Printing Madness: The New Wave of Aircraft Manufacturing

Gearing Up for the Next Generation of Aircraft From the ductwork, to the interior, to the exterior, it seems any piece of the aircraft can benefit from additive manufacturing (commonly known as 3D printing). Additive manufacturing creates products by...

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Operational Changes at SMO: What You Need to Know

Operational Changes at SMO: What You Need to Know

Shortened Runway at SMO Santa Monica Municipal Airport obtained authorization to shorten the runway from a settlement agreement signed with the city and the FAA in January 2017. The runway went from 5,000 ft down to 3,500 ft in length. The concrete f...

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Arctic Flying: Part 1

Arctic Flying: Part 1

Cool temperatures, Uncool hazards  As temperatures across the U.S. seem to be dropping, it only seems appropriate to write about Arctic Flying (since most of the U.S. feels like the Arctic currently). With this particularly chilly region comes i...

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Speak like a Pilot: Phrases to Avoid

Speak like a Pilot: Phrases to Avoid

Back to the Basics with the FAA The FAA has issued a series on going “Back to Basics” of aviation. One of the articles in the series features How to Talk like a Pilot. In order to avoid frustration and what could turn into a potentially dangerous sit...

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Get the Load Down on Forklift Safety

Get the Load Down on Forklift Safety

Accident Prevention, One Load at a Time The Forklift Truck Operation Standard follows OSHA guidelines to prevent accidents in the workplace. With 85 forklift related fatalities per year, it is important to recognize and follow these standards. In ord...

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Bends the Truth: 4 Facts About Preventing Altitude DCS

Bends the Truth: 4 Facts About Preventing Altitude DCS

High Altitude, High Risk  Decompression sickness (DCS) is a condition derived from exposure to low barometric pressures, creating bubbles of inert gases (usually nitrogen) throughout the body. Although DCS can manifest itself in many ways, the m...

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Many Business Aviation Operations CORSIA Exempt

Many Business Aviation Operations CORSIA Exempt

The NBAA estimates only 100 operators in North America affected by CORSIA The Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA) is an upcoming policy aiming to reduce the amount of international aviation emissions. The plan i...

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Weight and Balance Control System: Common Mistakes and How to Prevent Them

Weight and Balance Control System: Common Mistakes and How to Prevent Them

Preflight planning, enroute efficiency Lowered service ceiling. Shortened cruising range. Decreased maneuverability. These are just a few results of improperly loading an aircraft due to miscalculation of weight and balance. Below are common weight a...

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