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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.
Class B Airspace Refresher

Class B Airspace Refresher

Don’t let Class B Airspace rules and requirements sneak up on you Well, this is embarrassing. I just took one of those quizzes on Facebook - a simple quiz about airspace and I failed. Yup. Couldn’t make it past Class B Airspace. Didn’t even get to C,...

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Stressors of Flight: The FAA’s Laser Warning to Pilots

Stressors of Flight: The FAA’s Laser Warning to Pilots

Stressors of flight include laser strikes from the ground Laser strikes on aircraft are up 250% since the FAA started tracking this information in 2010. Because of this, the FAA has put out a resource for pilots regarding laser pointer safety to help...

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CFIT Subject Gets a Facelift

CFIT Subject Gets a Facelift

CFIT update is underway In addition to creating new subjects to meet our customer’s needs, the CTS production team is updating our existing material, starting with CFIT. We at CTS believe CFIT avoidance is important, which is why we are updating the ...

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GPS Navigation: New ADS-B Pre-flight Procedures

GPS Navigation: New ADS-B Pre-flight Procedures

GPS Navigation Changes With the January 1, 2020 deadline for ADS-B out certification just around the corner, pilots will be required to assess how their GPS Navigation position reporting avionics will perform PRIOR to takeoff for flights within U.S. ...

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Flight Planning without NOTAMS: A Shout to Remember

Flight Planning without NOTAMS: A Shout to Remember

Flight planning without reading NOTAMs may cause you to miss that one quirk at an airport My phone buzzed at 2 AM and I fumbled for the light, desperately trying to wake up and comprehend the dimly lit message. It was a flight request for a trauma pa...

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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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Crew resource management during training flights

Crew resource management during training flights

Crew resource management can help you be ready for anything in flight Things can go south fast in an airplane. In a blink of an eye you can find yourself scrambling to save your aircraft, or even your life. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, my advice...

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Aviation Weather Radar Contouring

Aviation Weather Radar Contouring

Aviation weather radar contouring reading helps you avoid dangerous storms There’s so much more to aviation weather radar than simply turning it on and looking for red blobs to avoid. As long as we keep reading about convective weather related accide...

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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...

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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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Aviation Weather Warnings from ATC

Aviation Weather Warnings from ATC

Aviation weather warnings - do we need all this info now? It was a dark and stormy night…. well, it was a dark and stormy afternoon. A steady chatter of pilots requested deviations and unscheduled climbs and descents due to less than ideal aviation w...

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Flight Planning Apps: Part II

Flight Planning Apps: Part II

Flight planning apps can help keep flights safe Continuing from my last post , here are numbers 7 through 12 of flight planning apps designed to make flight planning, and life, easier and safer for pilots. Windy is an app with stunning visualizations...

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Flight Planning Apps - Using Resources: Part 1

Flight Planning Apps - Using Resources: Part 1

Flight planning is getting easier with online flight apps With all of the aviation apps available these days, it’s hard to know which ones make the most sense for the type of flying you do. There are apps for flight training, weather briefings, fligh...

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Aviation Flight Planning to Unfamiliar Airports

Aviation Flight Planning to Unfamiliar Airports

Aviation flight planning gets help with a new app  The boss wanted to go to Telluride for a ski trip last winter. No problem, I thought. A little aviation flight planning and off we’d go. Well…. back up a little - the more I read about Telluride...

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FAR and AIM Policies: Bird Strikes

FAR and AIM Policies: Bird Strikes

It’s a bird...flying right towards you - both the FARs and the AIM say your responsible to know it’s there already Wait. Did I read that right? According to both the FARs and the AIM, a pilot can be held responsible when his/her airplane strikes wild...

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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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GPS Navigation Disruptions...During Flight

GPS Navigation Disruptions...During Flight

GPS Navigation Jamming It’s easy to take GPS navigation for granted, especially since it is becoming such an integral part of modern day aviation. GPS disruption, however, is a growing problem that needs to be recognized and addressed by the aviation...

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Will pilot training need to include weight training?

Will pilot training need to include weight training?

Pilot training that involves physical training Physical strength is rarely an issue in pilot training these days. Because of hydraulics and fly-by-wire systems, modern aircraft can often be flown using just your fingertips, but it hasn’t always been ...

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Flight Training: Lithium Ion Battery Fires

Flight Training: Lithium Ion Battery Fires

Increased use of electronics leads to increased battery fires and the need for more flight training Flight training in today’s electronic environment would not be complete without a discussion on the dangers of lithium ion batteries. These batteries ...

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Your Pilot Medical - Take Care to Avoid Blood Clots

Your Pilot Medical - Take Care to Avoid Blood Clots

Your Pilot Medical may be affected by one of the main aspects aviation There has been plenty of research regarding the connection between Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) and flying, but it seems to be mainly focused on passengers of long distance flights....

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