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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.
Heatwaves and Aircraft: why they don't mix

Heatwaves and Aircraft: why they don't mix

If you can’t take the heat, stay out of the airspace. As temperatures keep rising across the nation, CTS wanted to look into extreme heat wave temperatures and their influence on aircraft. The definition of a heat wave varies by region, but typically...

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Dust Storm Dangers

Dust Storm Dangers

Don’t let a dust storm soil your flight. Dust storms can cause many issues for aircraft and aviation-related activities. Not only are these weather phenomena hard to predict, but they can happen in an instant. Below are some common dust storm hazards...

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Vexing Violent Vortexes: Handling Tornadoes While In-Flight

Vexing Violent Vortexes: Handling Tornadoes While In-Flight

Forecasted funnel clouds mean go-arounds and reroutes. Well, it’s springtime here in Kansas which means one thing: tornadoes. Although these funneling foes aren’t always so friendly, especially to the aviators of the world, we want to share a few fac...

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Reporting for Duty: METARs and Aircraft Weather Reports

Reporting for Duty: METARs and Aircraft Weather Reports

Avoid Penalties, Train with CTS In late October, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) proposed a civil penalty of $869,125 against Compass Airlines, LLC. The penalties are being enacted because the airline ope...

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Decontaminate your Aircraft: Best Practices to Remove Ice

Decontaminate your Aircraft: Best Practices to Remove Ice

Just in time for cold weather and winter operations to start, below are a few ways to deice aircraft. Deicing is defined as “the procedure by which ice, frost, slush, or snow is removed from the aircraft.” Contaminants can attach to aircraft from the...

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Hydroplaning: Wet and Contaminated Runway Safety

Hydroplaning: Wet and Contaminated Runway Safety

With the arrival of fall, many areas will see an increase in wet weather. When landing on wet runways or runways contaminated by standing water, it is inevitable that some form of hydroplaning will happen. It is important to understand the phenomenon...

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Facing the wind: Decisive maneuvers in windshear encounters

Facing the wind: Decisive maneuvers in windshear encounters

Recovery techniques, avoidance, and knowledge must combine in the face of windshear encounters. This month's CALLBACK from NASA ASRS discusses several windshear encounter stories from pilots, along with their choices and thought processes along the w...

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Standing the heat: Summer flying trials and tribulations

Standing the heat: Summer flying trials and tribulations

Hot weather may look deceptively benign on weather radar, but high temperatures should give pilots some pause during flight planning. While the arrival of high summer temperatures is often lauded by the general populace as the perfect time to travel,...

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Behind the eye: Pilot preparation for hurricane season

Behind the eye: Pilot preparation for hurricane season

Hurricane season is upon us again. If you fly in susceptible areas, know your organization's plan for these destructive storms. It is highly unlikely that you will ever find yourself in the situation of actually flying into, around, or near a hurrica...

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All fogged up: Where and when will you encounter fog next?

All fogged up: Where and when will you encounter fog next?

Wherever you are flying, fog can sneak up on you...unless you get the jump on it first. Fog’s effect on flight can range wildly in type, degree of severity, and duration depending on location, temperature, precipitation, time of day, and many other f...

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Winter Weather This Week Is A Sign To Stay Cautious

Winter Weather This Week Is A Sign To Stay Cautious

Don't let the recent and upcoming weather catch you by surprise. Prepare for storms and ice across the US as winter turns to spring. February 2nd marked Groundhog Day, and Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this year. If you get your weather prediction...

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