TAILWINDS

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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.
CTS Headwinds: Coming to an inbox near you

CTS Headwinds: Coming to an inbox near you

You’ve got mail. CTS now offers a newsletter as another way we can connect to our users, and how the user can connect to us! Headwinds, playing off of our Tailwinds name of our blog, is aimed to keep you at the forefront of aviation news and training...

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Reexamining the Wing

Reexamining the Wing

Contrails and wake turbulence could be a thing of the past for aviators. A recent study at the University of Illinois showed that wing geometrics can be designed to reduce the amount of wake turbulence experienced from jet engines. This could mean re...

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Sterile Cockpit Rules, Regs, and Reminders

Sterile Cockpit Rules, Regs, and Reminders

Are we becoming too lax with the regulation? With sterile cockpit procedures in effect for almost 40 years, has the newness worn off on the regulation or are pilots still taking it as seriously as ever? 2017 was declared the safest year in commercial...

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ADS-B: Are you exempt?

ADS-B: Are you exempt?

ADS-B mandates may not apply to you, but the benefits outweigh the costs. The timeline to equip with ADS-B is rapidly diminishing, but if you haven’t yet equipped, you may be in luck. If your flight operations don’t fall within the mandated limits, t...

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Part 135 Operators turning to Bitcoin: Fad or Fab?

Part 135 Operators turning to Bitcoin: Fad or Fab?

Bitcoin is taking over BizAv as we know it. As technology keeps evolving, it’s taking all aspects of business aviation with it including methods of currency. In a recent article , the NBAA has declared Bitcoin the newest form of payment trending thro...

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Cockpit-to-Cabin Communication: What's missing?

Cockpit-to-Cabin Communication: What's missing?

Are you communicating properly with your cabin crew? When it comes to cockpit-to-cabin communication (and vice versa) it’s important to be open and transparent, but sometimes that’s not always how it happens. To hit on these points, we have compiled ...

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What's the Fate of SMO?

What's the Fate of SMO?

Recent court rulings may mean the end for SMO. You may remember our blog on the Operational Changes at SMO , so we wanted to follow up on the airport’s changes and what it looks like for the future of SMO. The National Business Aviation Association (...

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ADS-B: Requirements and Benefits

ADS-B: Requirements and Benefits

CTS has the latest on ADS-B requirements and what it means for your operation. With much of the US and many other countries mandating a shift in aviation tracking, safety, and radar communication with ADS-B, do you know how it affects you? The mandat...

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Real Talk: Do NOTAMs work?

Real Talk: Do NOTAMs work?

NOTAMbiguity. Although the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and other like-minded safety-conscious bodies try to keep airmen as safe as possible, sometimes the way they go about it isn’t the most beneficial or conducive to emergency s...

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Heatwaves and Aircraft: why they don't mix

Heatwaves and Aircraft: why they don't mix

If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the airspace. As temperatures keep rising across the nation, CTS wanted to look into extreme heat wave temperatures and their influence on aircraft. The definition of a heat wave varies by region, but typically...

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H130 Ready for Action

H130 Ready for Action

H130 training with the end-user in mind. CTS is adding the Airbus H130 (EC-130T2) recurrent helicopter training subject to our extensive course library . The H130 features tutorials covering the electrical, fuel, and hydraulic systems, along with the...

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The Truth about George: Autopilot Dos and Don'ts

The Truth about George: Autopilot Dos and Don'ts

Too many cooks in the... cockpit? Whether you call him George, Mike, or Otto, having assistance in the cockpit for long flights or heavy workload situations can be extremely helpful and sometimes necessary. Read on for what you should or should not d...

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Part 135: Transitioning to Online Aviation Training with CTS

Part 135: Transitioning to Online Aviation Training with CTS

Is your training department drowning in papers, lesson planning, grading, and stress over training program approval? Well, CTS has the solution for you. With over 35 years of experience, CTS, the leader and originator of online aviation training, has...

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Autorotation Training Drills a Near Miss?

Autorotation Training Drills a Near Miss?

Does autorotation training do more harm than good to future pilots? We’ve all heard that practice makes perfect, but what if practicing an emergency procedure is more dangerous than the emergency itself? In 2011, the FAA Safety Team released an artic...

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HIPAA Training for the New Age

HIPAA Training for the New Age

Not your average HIPAA course. CTS continues to roll out new subjects, this time stepping outside of our typical online aviation training and into the world of health care. We utilized all the same tactics we use in our other trainings which is: anim...

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Dust Storm Dangers

Dust Storm Dangers

Don’t let a dust storm soil your flight. Dust storms can cause many issues for aircraft and aviation-related activities. Not only are these weather phenomena hard to predict, but they can happen in an instant. Below are some common dust storm hazards...

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PRM-SOIA and LAHSO: The First of their Kind

PRM-SOIA and LAHSO: The First of their Kind

Updated PRM-SOIA and LAHSO courses: the addition your training department has been looking for. In keeping up with technology and updates to regulatory source material, CTS guarantees accuracy along with imagery excellence. Now CTS is adding PRM-SOIA...

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How to Combat Loss of Power During Flight

How to Combat Loss of Power During Flight

Don’t shut down, even if the engine does. Although emergency situations of any kind aren’t easy, the scariest of all may be loss of power during flight. Keep reading to learn how to mentally prepare and train for engine failure. Psychological factors...

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Why HAZMAT Training? Looking beyond the mandates.

Why HAZMAT Training? Looking beyond the mandates.

More benefits than just to complete a requirement. We all know whether you are a Will or Will-Not Carry Operation, you must complete HAZMAT training every 24 months. I’m also sure we’ve all asked the question “but why should I train so often?” or “wh...

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Drone vs. Aircraft: Diluting the Dissension

Drone vs. Aircraft: Diluting the Dissension

Can drones and aircraft really live in harmony? The FAA thinks so. Dan Elwell, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) acting Administrator, announced last week that the FAA is working on plans to bring unmanned aircraft (UAS) operators and the rest of...

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