TAILWINDS

Training News To Keep You Current

 

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.
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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As Told by CTS: FAA Air Traffic Procedures for Super Bowl LII

As Told by CTS: FAA Air Traffic Procedures for Super Bowl LII

Update Your In-Flight Playbook for Super Bowl LII  From landing to kick-off, err, I mean, take-off, the FAA is instituting some specific rules throughout the week of Super Bowl LII, and CTS is giving you an overview of what to expect when flying...

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, it’s... a UAV!

It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! No, it’s... a UAV!

Identifying Drones In-Flight Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), commonly known as ‘drones,’ have increasingly become a concern for the civil aviation world. Although the new technology is a real highlight from the cur...

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Runway Incursion Avoidance

Runway Incursion Avoidance

Importance of runway incursion avoidance. Runway incursions have become one of the biggest safety concerns in aviation. The FAA has implemented several programs since 2000 to help reduce the occurrence of accidents during surface operations. Most run...

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New TSA 12.5 SSP Subject

New TSA 12.5 SSP Subject

TSA 12.5 SSP Now Available! Our revamped Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Twelve-five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) training is now available. Our new subject aligns with the recently revised TFSSP training requirements. CTS has expan...

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Design Build Fly to Infinity and Beyond

Design Build Fly to Infinity and Beyond

Discover the Industry Exploration Place, the Sedgwick County Science and Discovery center located in Wichita, KS, has completely renovated their aviation exhibit, Design Build Fly . The new exhibit launched in the Air Capital of the World on Saturday...

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Don’t be that guy, comply: FAA Noise Standards and Regulations

Don’t be that guy, comply: FAA Noise Standards and Regulations

At the end of November 2017, the FAA put into place changes to reduce the amount of noise at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and surrounding area. The initiative responds to a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit th...

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FAA #FlySafe Campaign: Consistency is Key

FAA #FlySafe Campaign: Consistency is Key

Fly Smart, #FlySafe The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is attempting to significantly reduce the amount of accidents and incidents related to Loss of Control (LOC) through their #FlySafe campaign. Some contributing factors to LOC are: Poor aer...

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Recognizing Undeclared Hazardous Material

Recognizing Undeclared Hazardous Material

Dangers of transporting hazardous material. In June of 2017, the FAA recommended a $1.1 million civil penalty against Braille Battery, Inc for allegedly violating Hazardous Materials Regulations. Braille Battery, Inc had shipped lithium batteries wit...

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Reporting for Duty: METARs and Aircraft Weather Reports

Reporting for Duty: METARs and Aircraft Weather Reports

Avoid Penalties, Train with CTS In late October, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed a civil penalty of $869,125 against Compass Airlines, LLC. The penalties are being enacted because the airline ope...

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Last Call for TSA Training

Last Call for TSA Training

Don’t Miss Your Opportunity to be TFSSP Compliant! Have you heard the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) issued new training requirements in The Twelve-Five Standard Security Program? The new Twelve-Five Standard Security Program (TFSSP) re...

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Fatigue Management: Combating Fatigue

Fatigue Management: Combating Fatigue

How to reduce your risk of fatigue related incidents. Previously, we’ve talked about how to recognize the signs of fatigue, but what do you do when you notice those signs? If you missed our blog on Fatigue Management: Recognizing Fatigue, check it ou...

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New TSA Regulations Spark Total Course Rebuild from CTS

New TSA Regulations Spark Total Course Rebuild from CTS

New requirements, new course As times change, CTS strives to continually update course offerings to ensure the most current training is available. Just after completing an update for ICAO Dangerous Goods training, we are now rebooting our Transportat...

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