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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.
Pilot Training and a New Aircraft System Help Runway Overrun

Pilot Training and a New Aircraft System Help Runway Overrun

In addition to pilot training, runway overrun accidents may decrease after the creation of an overrun awareness alert system It’s almost embarrassing that a system needed to be developed to help pilots avoid runway overruns….Shouldn’t pilot training ...

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GPS Navigation Now A Target of Ransomware Attacks

GPS Navigation Now A Target of Ransomware Attacks

EFB programs make GPS navigation easier and faster unless the program is the victim of a cyber attack Ransomware attacks are becoming almost routine these days, but the hackers are suddenly upping their game and it’s getting really scary. GPS navigat...

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FAA Regulations and the “Sham Dry Lease”

FAA Regulations and the “Sham Dry Lease”

FAA regulations take leasing rules seriously - pilots may want to brush up on these rules The FAA issued an informational letter reminding all pilots that the regulations for operational control MUST be followed when flying for compensation or for hi...

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Pilot Training May Benefit from a Look at Showboating

Pilot Training May Benefit from a Look at Showboating

Should pilot training discuss the dangers of showing off? The NTSB has released the factual report on the crash of former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay. He was flying his Icon A5 light sport amphibious airplane in 2017 when he lost contr...

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New Flight Plan Parameters for Electric Airplanes

New Flight Plan Parameters for Electric Airplanes

Electric airplanes could be filling up airspace soon, we can also expect changes to how we file a flight plan The Grand Caravan has an electric engine now! A prototype 208B just made a historic 30 minute flight and the all-electric propulsion system ...

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Pilot Training or Mandated HTAWS?

Pilot Training or Mandated HTAWS?

Pilot training may go further than relying on technology when in the thick of an emergency California Congressman Brad Sherman has introduced legislation to mandate Terrain Awareness and Warning Systems (TAWS) on all helicopters following the January...

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Updated Covid-19 Guidelines from the FAA

Updated Covid-19 Guidelines from the FAA

FAA releases more guidance to help slow the spread of Covid-19 The FAA has issued more guidelines to keep us all safe amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. An updated Safety Alert for Operators (SAFO) provides the latest guidance on how to reduce the risk of...

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Pilot Training Focusing on Flying the Airplane

Pilot Training Focusing on Flying the Airplane

Pilot training that focuses on flying the aircraft instead of relying on automation could save lives When I was a young mom, we had a saying in my house that might sound a bit odd to non pilots. When life got busy or we had many people in the house, ...

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Pilot Training at home

Pilot Training at home

Don’t let pilot training lag, home simulators combined with CTS may help keep your mind scanning the instruments Is it just me, or has aviation come to a screeching halt? From pilot training, to instrument currency, to new hire classes, and everythin...

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Part 135 Flight Activity May be Slow - What Can We Do While We Wait

Part 135 Flight Activity May be Slow - What Can We Do While We Wait

Part 135 (or 91) aircraft may need some extra care while we wait for flights to resume I got a call the other day from our maintenance guy, telling me to “Go exercise the ol’ girl.” I was a little insulted since I have been faithfully going for 30 mi...

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Pilot Training Online Can Help you Stay Proficient During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pilot Training Online Can Help you Stay Proficient During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Stay up-to-date on computer based (and living room based) pilot training from your living room during the COVID-19 pandemic Pilot training is amazing. The typical classroom/simulator combo for a type rating is intense, but well worth it. We all walk ...

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Aviation Airspace Redesign for the Northeast Corridor

Aviation Airspace Redesign for the Northeast Corridor

Aviation airspace changes to the Northeast Corridor in effect may reduce your delay time The FAA’s aviation airspace optimization initiative on the U.S. East Coast seems to be working. According to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), t...

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Civil Helicopter Operators Help Accident Prevention

Civil Helicopter Operators Help Accident Prevention

Civil helicopter operators voice their opinion on the best way to help reduce accidents The International Helicopter Safety Foundation (IHSF) is collecting data with its sixth annual survey of civil helicopter operators. The purpose of the survey is ...

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New FAA Regulations during COVID-19 Change Maintenance Tasks

New FAA Regulations during COVID-19 Change Maintenance Tasks

COVID-19 changes some FAA regulations for maintenance personnel to work from home The COVID-19 pandemic is changing pretty much everything we do right now, and aviation maintenance is no exception. A friend of mine is a mechanic for an air medical op...

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COVID-19 Prompts Aviation Industry Groups to Reach Out

COVID-19 Prompts Aviation Industry Groups to Reach Out

The aviation industry offers help during the COVID-19 pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic is changing how the world is doing business and how aviation businesses are working with people. New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, agreed to use their team j...

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Flight Plan Filing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Flight Plan Filing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Filing your flight plan during the COVID-19 pandemic may require extra steps Rules are changing daily with the COVID-19 pandemic and pilots need to be especially aware of the latest changes before filing a flight plan. Every country, state, county, a...

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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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