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.
Recurrent training for the trainers (training writers)....

Recurrent training for the trainers (training writers)....

The first days of May found snow on the Rockies and safety in the conference hall of the Business Aviation Safety Summit in Denver, Colorado. CTS was a first-time attendee of the summit and an active participate in every training session. If there wa...

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Aviation Pilot Training and the Atlas Air Accident

Aviation Pilot Training and the Atlas Air Accident

Could more or different pilot training have helped in the Atlas Air Accident? I just read some very disturbing news about the Atlas Air “Giant” accident in Houston. Inside sources say this could be one of the worst cases of pilot training error in re...

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Roadmap for the Sky: How to Read an Aviation Sectional Chart

Roadmap for the Sky: How to Read an Aviation Sectional Chart

How to Read an Aviation Sectional Chart: Symbology Sectional charts provide an array of beneficial information for pilots, which is why learning how to read sectionals is an important skill to hone. However, they can be very intimidating for newcomer...

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The Pilot Shortage

The Pilot Shortage

A Growing Epidemic - Pilot Shortage There has been talk of the growing pilot shortage for years. However, there are many misconceptions surrounding it, including the potential severity. The reality indicates the pool of eligible replacements is limit...

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Pilot Training and the Boeing 737 Max 8

Pilot Training and the Boeing 737 Max 8

Pilot training that matters What a mess. I heard some disturbing news about the first Boeing Max 8 accident today. The headlines reported that the pilots actually did follow the procedures laid out by Boeing per the aircraft pilot training checklist ...

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Air Performance

Air Performance

The Way of Air Performance Future or a Representation of the Past For years aviation has been considered the way of the future. However, the recent presentation of The Green New Deal, calling to end air travel, has raised a series of questions about ...

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Crew Resource Management and HAA Flight Acceptance

Crew Resource Management and HAA Flight Acceptance

Resource Management on HAA Flights I hate waking up in the morning and seeing the EMS Wings symbol with a black line through it on social media. It means we lost another one. The latest tragedy claimed 3 more lives in Ohio. it is yet another sad remi...

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CTS is Looking Forward to the 2019 HAI HELI Expo

CTS is Looking Forward to the 2019 HAI HELI Expo

CTS is Hitting the Skies to Talk Rotor Wing Between the cold temperatures, snow, and ice CTS is getting cabin fever - so we’re headed to Atlanta for the HAI HELI-EXPO Booth #C3930 March 5-7. We’d be happy to talk to you about solutions to your helico...

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Helicopter Safety - Accident Trends

Helicopter Safety - Accident Trends

The International Helicopter Safety Team (IHST) has just compiled data from its third annual survey of civil helicopter operators to determine which safety initiatives are being implemented and which ones are being ignored. They want to know how safe...

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How Interference Testing Affect GPS Navigation

How Interference Testing Affect GPS Navigation

The US military has been conducting large scale national security exercises in which GPS navigation signals are degraded to test defense systems and preparedness. I certainly understand the necessity for such testing – I want us to be ready for anyth...

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RNAV SIDs, Making Sense of Climb Via

RNAV SIDs, Making Sense of Climb Via

The importance of RNAV SID phraseology In recent years, area navigation (RNAV) has been gaining a significant foothold in the National Airspace (NAS) as ground-based navigation is being relied upon less. The preference for RNAV is substantiated by th...

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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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