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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.
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...

By: Jessica Euwer   •  

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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Aviation Weather Radar Part 2: Base v Composite Reflectivity

Aviation Weather Radar Part 2: Base v Composite Reflectivity

Aviation Weather Radar: Base vs. Composite Reflectivity In Part 2 of our series on Aviation Weather Radar, we’re going to discuss the distinction between base and composite reflectivity. I’ve seen these two options on apps like Foreflight, but I neve...

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GPS Navigation System Failure Grounds Hundreds of Flights

GPS Navigation System Failure Grounds Hundreds of Flights

A GPS navigation failure requires some pilots to contact FAA preflight and restrict flight height The FAA has reported a widespread problem with the GPS/ADS-B System over this past weekend and hundreds of flights have been cancelled as a result. Delt...

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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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