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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.
Aviation Insurance Cost Spikes may be Alleviated with an SMS Program

Aviation Insurance Cost Spikes may be Alleviated with an SMS Program

Aviation insurance costs may soon increase It seems as though the aviation insurance industry is going through some pretty big changes lately. Changes that have personally affected my employer and even my pilot friends. Insurance companies are lookin...

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FAA Restricts Aviation Airspace in The Middle East

FAA Restricts Aviation Airspace in The Middle East

FAA issues advisories for civilian aircraft flying aviation airspace in the Middle East  With all the recent tension and uncertainty in the Middle East, the FAA issued NOTAM advises caution on all U.S. civil aviation operators flying in the avia...

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Uncontrolled Airport Procedures with the Help of an APU

Uncontrolled Airport Procedures with the Help of an APU

Uncontrolled airport procedures can be a little easier with an extra power source Life sure got a lot better when my boss bought a jet with an APU. I didn’t realize how spoiled I would become, and I’m not just talking about the environmental benefits...

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Part 135 Certification For Drone Delivery in Aviation Airspace

Part 135 Certification For Drone Delivery in Aviation Airspace

Heads up: UPS has received Part 135 Certification for drones Aviation airspace just got a whole lot busier - drones are here to stay. “UPS Flight Forward received the first full FAA Standard Part 135 Certification for commercial unmanned drone delive...

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HAI HELI-EXPO is CTS’s First Show of the New Decade

HAI HELI-EXPO is CTS’s First Show of the New Decade

The Vortex of HAI HELI-EXPO 2020 is drawing us in Happy New Year! CTS is heading to sunny California for the 2020 HAI HELI-EXPO January 28-30 and would love to talk with you. Find us at Booth #5433 and let us show you what we’re excited about this ye...

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Pilot Training: Using Your iPad in the Dark

Pilot Training: Using Your iPad in the Dark

Pilot training and flying in the dark is easier on the eyes with a simple adjustment to the iPad Oh how I dislike the weeks of pilot training in a dark simulator. It’s hard enough trying to find all the switches and knobs in the dark, but trying to r...

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FAA First Class Medical - The Effects of Cosmic Radiation

FAA First Class Medical - The Effects of Cosmic Radiation

Your FAA First Class Medical can save your life from the effects of cosmic radiation Several years ago, I was in the middle of a routine FAA First Class Medical exam when all of a sudden it stopped being routine. The Doctor asked me to swallow while ...

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Garmin’s New Emergency Autoland System

Garmin’s New Emergency Autoland System

New Garmin emergency autoland system could save lives and aircraft My home town suffered a huge loss when a local philanthropist and his wife were killed in a tragic airplane crash a few years ago. The couple owned a TBM-700 and departed for their va...

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Aircraft Performance: Deadline looming to have your ADS-B updated

Aircraft Performance: Deadline looming to have your ADS-B updated

Aircraft Performance: Check on your ADS-B before the end of the year January 1, 2020 marks the deadline for pilots to get their aircraft outfitted with the FAA’s mandate for ADS-B Out updates. Between 2012 and 2014 the standard for ADS-B was changed ...

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CTS is at AMTC Demonstrating Online Training Courses

CTS is at AMTC Demonstrating Online Training Courses

CTS offers online training in the air medical field CTS is excited to be a part of The Association of Air Medical Services and is attending the 2019 Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) November 4-6 in Atlanta, GA. We’re looking forward to meeting...

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CTS is Demonstrating Online Pilot Training Courses at NBAA-BACE

CTS is Demonstrating Online Pilot Training Courses at NBAA-BACE

Join CTS at NBAA-BACE in Vegas CTS is happy to once again participate in the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), October 22-24 in Las Vegas. We’re excited to talk about pilot training and how we can help you customize a tr...

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MNPS Approvals Expire December 31, 2019

MNPS Approvals Expire December 31, 2019

Updates Required to replace MNPS MNPS approvals issued to U.S. Operators before 2016 must be updated by December 31, 2019, if these operators want to keep flying the North Atlantic. Beginning in January 2020, the term MNPS (Minimum Navigation Perform...

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IFR Approach Clearance at Uncontrolled Airports - A success

IFR Approach Clearance at Uncontrolled Airports - A success

IFR clearance at uncontrolled airports is getting a little bit easier Who’s ready for some amazing news? Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications just arrived in the 21st Century! Those of us who have struggled to get an IFR approach clearance at un...

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Flight Plan: Two New TFRs around Area 51 for the Weekend

Flight Plan: Two New TFRs around Area 51 for the Weekend

An online joke leads the FAA to issue two new TFRs around Area 51 Effective September 18, 2018 at 7AM Pacific to Sunday, September 22, 2019 at 8PM Pacific are two new TFRs for the airspace around Area 51 military base in Nevada. This closing includes...

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Aviation Airspace around the Bahamas Over-Crowded due to Hurricane Dorian GA Relief Flights

Aviation Airspace around the Bahamas Over-Crowded due to Hurricane Dorian GA Relief Flights

Aviation airspace around the Bahamas saw a massive influx of relief flights after Hurricane Dorian In bold letters, the International Ops Bulletin says “AIRSPACE SATURATED - DO NOT FLY”. The special briefing was intended for all Bahamas Hurricane Rel...

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ILS Approach Alternatives for General Aviation

ILS Approach Alternatives for General Aviation

Flying a CATIIIB ILS approach in the weather all the way to touchdown is something you won’t easily forget. It doesn’t happen too often, but when you get to watch your jet land without you, it does get the ol’ heart beating just a little faster. We a...

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ADS-B Flight Tracking Opt-Out

ADS-B Flight Tracking Opt-Out

Flying under the radar while still on the radar Whenever I would hear the call sign “Dot Com”, I thought it belonged to a fleet of aircraft owned by a computer website company. That is, until I became a Dot Com myself. Turns out the “Dot Com” was jus...

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FAA Regulations: New AD addresses Limits to Certain Collins TCAS Use

FAA Regulations: New AD addresses Limits to Certain Collins TCAS Use

FAA regulations cause an AD that limits TCAS usage in certain aircraft FAA regulations have caused an Airworthiness Directive issuance requiring operating limitations on the Traffic Collision Avoidance System (TCAS) used in Collins FDSA-6500 flight d...

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GPS Navigation Training Features

GPS Navigation Training Features

GPS navigation gets easier with training features GPS navigation has created a huge leap forward in situational awareness for pilots, and for the most part, the programing of a GPS is intuitive. But certain features take a little more thought to unde...

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Aviation Weather Radar Part 3: ADS-B Radar

Aviation Weather Radar Part 3: ADS-B Radar

ADS-B radar is helpful while flying in aviation weather, but note time adjustments Improvements in aviation weather radar technology have had a tremendous impact on pilot situational awareness. Flying in weather is now safer than ever before. In fact...

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