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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.
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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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 ...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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 ...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •  

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...

By: The CTS Team   •