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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.
Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

Flying with Family & Friends With the holidays quickly approaching many pilots, especially those with roots in general aviation, choose to fly with family and friends. There are a handful of tips, tricks, and important reminders that can help suc...

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Crew Briefings: Expecting the Unexpected

Crew Briefings: Expecting the Unexpected

I always get a pang in my gut when I hear about an aviation accident. I want to know what happened, what kind of aircraft was involved, the background of the crew…. I guess I’m looking for reassurance that this won’t happen to me, that I would recogn...

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2018 BizAv Reflection

2018 BizAv Reflection

2018 has been quite a year for business aviation so far… Between pilot shortages, a spike in business aviation services, and an extreme overhaul of avionics, it has already been a whirlwind of a year for our sector of the industry. Since it’s already...

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Rotary World Rocked by Pilot Shortage

Rotary World Rocked by Pilot Shortage

The number of active rotor-wing pilots could be cut in half within the foreseeable future. A spokesperson for Southern Utah State University in Cedar City, Utah has recently expressed concerns for the very real pilot deficit not only affecting the fi...

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NBAA-BACE: Prepping for the Conference

NBAA-BACE: Prepping for the Conference

The NBAA-BACE is still months away, but here’s what we know so far: Are you anxiously waiting for October 16-18, 2018 in Orlando for the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE)? Because we are! Yes, CTS is packing our bags and ...

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BizAv Looking to the Future with Sustainable Fuel Options

BizAv Looking to the Future with Sustainable Fuel Options

Renewable fuel is becoming more of a reality for many aircraft. In recent years, the aviation industry has started looking at sustainable and environmentally-friendly alternatives to replace our current jet fuels, especially when considering CORSIA c...

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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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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 throu...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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