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Aviation Weather Radar Part I:  Attenuation

Aviation Weather Radar Part I: Attenuation

Aviation Weather Radar: Attenuation With the recent outbreak of severe weather in the Central United States, this is probably  a good time to talk about aviation weather radar. The advancement in radar technology has been amazing in recent years...

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Standard Lapse Rate: the Origin Story

Standard Lapse Rate: the Origin Story

Standard Lapse Rate - No pressure...well, lots of it Atmospheric pressure has important effects on flying, which include being both a key weather element and a “tool” used to lift an aircraft and operate instruments. Knowing properties innate to stan...

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Aviation Weather: The Rain Bomb!

Aviation Weather: The Rain Bomb!

Another example of why aviation weather training is an essential component of flight safety If you’ve ever had the urge to play chicken with aviation weather…. If you’ve ever tried to beat a storm to the runway…. Or convinced yourself that you can “d...

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High Density Air and its Influence on Aircraft Performance

High Density Air and its Influence on Aircraft Performance

Hot air rises Density altitude has a notable effect on aircraft performance. One phrase often used when speaking of  aircraft performance is “high, hot, and humid”. This references high altitude, hot temperature, and humid air...all of which are...

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Aviation Weather - A Story of a Not So Pretty Spring Shower

Aviation Weather - A Story of a Not So Pretty Spring Shower

From Ice to Rain - Aviation Weather Can Still Dampen a Flight Spring is here! That magnificent time of the year when the snow is melting and the promise of kinder and gentler aviation weather is on the minds of all winter weary pilots…. But spring is...

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Aeronautical Decision Making Benefits from Reports of Ice

Aeronautical Decision Making Benefits from Reports of Ice

Pay it forward: Share clear, mixed, and rime ice PIREPS to help others’ aeronautical decision making It’s easy for us to forget the importance of passing along critical PIREP information when encountering clear, mixed, or rime ice during flight. Thos...

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Runway Braking Action Codes

Runway Braking Action Codes

Runway Takeoff and Landing Performance Assessment (TALPA) The braking action report for the runway you are about to land on is 5/3/2. Is that good? Is it Bad? What are runway braking action codes and what exactly do they mean?? The other day I was fl...

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Aviation Weather - Cloud Types

Aviation Weather - Cloud Types

A Better Understanding of Aviation Weather Clouds play an important role in aviation weather and serve as vital indicators to pilots. It’s imperative to be familiar with the different cloud types and more specifically, what each type reveals in terms...

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Cold and getting colder

Cold and getting colder

What cold temperatures mean to calculating a pressure altitude correction High-to-low, look-out-below! We’ve been hearing that since our private-pilot days. But what about “Cold and low, look out below”? How many times have you heard that warning? An...

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SLD Icing: Avoid, avoid, avoid!

SLD Icing: Avoid, avoid, avoid!

Supercooled Large Droplets...If that phrase doesn’t make your skin crawl, then you probably haven’t inadvertently flown into them. The dreaded SLD...You know there is something different about this icing encounter because of the “splat” noise that it...

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Winter fueling – Timing is key

Winter fueling – Timing is key

As the days get shorter and the temperatures start to hover at or below freezing, it’s a good idea to spend a few extra minutes thinking about the best time to fuel your aircraft prior to each flight. During the warmer seasons, it’s common to pick up...

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Icing: Concerns & Considerations

Icing: Concerns & Considerations

Staying Safe in Winter Weather Winter flying is generally characterized by increased weather hazards. Arguably, the most significant of these is icing and its many associated risks. Pilots must be aware of the different types of structural icing they...

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Cloud Identification for Pilots: Icing

Cloud Identification for Pilots: Icing

Cooler weather is coming and so are its threats to aircraft. Cloud identification assists in avoiding turbulence, thunderstorms, and icing. Icing holds major hazards for airmen, so we have dedicated this blog to identifying the greatest potential ici...

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Cloud Identification for Pilots: Thunderstorms

Cloud Identification for Pilots: Thunderstorms

Convective cloud conundrums and solutions. As we previously discussed in our turbulence blog, all cumulus clouds, particularly towering cumulus, provide visual aids for areas you may wish to avoid. On top of turbulence, another hazard of cumulus clou...

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Cloud Identification for Pilots: Turbulence

Cloud Identification for Pilots: Turbulence

Hidden dangers in our temperamental airspace companions. Identifying clouds and their potential threats is key to having a keen aviator’s eye and to ensure that you don’t inadvertently encounter any hazards. The FAA mandates yearly recurrent training...

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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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