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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.
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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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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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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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Your Pilot Medical - Take Care to Avoid Blood Clots

Your Pilot Medical - Take Care to Avoid Blood Clots

Your Pilot Medical may be affected by one of the main aspects aviation There has been plenty of research regarding the connection between Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and flying, but it seems to be mainly focused on passengers of long distance flights....

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Stressors of Flight : Maintaining Balance

Stressors of Flight : Maintaining Balance

It’s a high flying, high stress industry Let’s face it: most jobs are stressful. In the aviation industry, stressors of flight may range from a slight inconvenience to a significant wear on aircrew fatigue and performance. You individual work-life ba...

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Flight Physiology and Varying Body Types in the Cockpit

Flight Physiology and Varying Body Types in the Cockpit

How Gender Differences May Affect Stressors of Flight While the pilot population as a whole is largely male, more women are beginning to pursue careers flying. This has raised some interesting conversations regarding flight physiology and the areas w...

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Health Risks and the Stressors of Flight

Health Risks and the Stressors of Flight

How to better maintain a healthy lifestyle A career in aviation comes with its own set of occupational health risks - including an increased chance of cancer, back issues, and mental health concerns. Consistent preventive measures can greatly reduce ...

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The Unique Insurance Needs of Pilots

The Unique Insurance Needs of Pilots

Pilots are a special breed of worker. I honestly don’t know any other employee group that is required to jump through more physical and mental hoops just to get to work. But I get it…most aircraft don’t land themselves and since 35,000 feet is no pla...

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The Risk of Hypoxia

The Risk of Hypoxia

Basic Aviation Physiology Flying has significant effects on the human body and in many ways the body is ill suited for it. Our cells are reliant upon oxygenation. This becomes problematic at altitude where there is less oxygen available. Indeed, the ...

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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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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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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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Fatigue Management: Recognizing Fatigue

Fatigue Management: Recognizing Fatigue

What you need to know about recognizing fatigue. As we near the end of daylight savings time, we usually expect that the time change will throw off our sleep patterns. While fatigue is a risk all year long, it is well documented that time changes inc...

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Avoid Being Grounded by Low Back Pain

Avoid Being Grounded by Low Back Pain

Take steps now to reduce your risk of back pain later. Is hauling around flight bags causing that lower back pain that’s plagued you for a while now? It’s likely, according to a 2015 study by the Aerospace Medical Association. While it’s estimated th...

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Blinded by the light: Pilot night vision and the illusions of night flight

Blinded by the light: Pilot night vision and the illusions of night flight

How’s your night vision, and how can you improve it? IFR or VFR, your ability to maximize your vision at night is important. Even if you aren’t flying by what you see outside your window, you still need to be able to read charts and instruments well ...

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Medical Services and First Aid Training updates: CPR, AED, and first aid techniques

Medical Services and First Aid Training updates: CPR, AED, and first aid techniques

We've overhauled our Medical Services and First Aid Training subject to bring you the most updated medical recommendations for first aid. Whether in the sky or on the ground, injuries and illnesses are a fact of life. It is likely that everyone, at s...

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Keeping cool: Combating dehydration and extreme heat

Keeping cool: Combating dehydration and extreme heat

Are you dehydrated? If you think the answer is "no" just because you're not thirsty, think again. The hot summer months are peak travel times, and as we've talked about before , they carry their own share of risks for both pilots and aircraft. This w...

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Clearing the air: When allergies and medications inhibit flight safety

Clearing the air: When allergies and medications inhibit flight safety

Don't let allergies impair your decision-making abilities. Ensure you're fit to fly by cooperating with your AME to keep allergies in check. The ability to simply walk into a drug store and pick up a product that will alleviate frustrating symptoms o...

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