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Training News To Keep You Current

 

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.
Single Pilot Resource Management

Single Pilot Resource Management

Planning, managing, and using resources can help avoid unforeseen aircraft accidents Single-pilot resource management (SRM) is the art of managing all onboard and outside resources available to a pilot before and during a flight to help ensure a safe...

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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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Stressors of Flight : Maintaining Balance

Stressors of Flight : Maintaining Balance

It’s a high flying, high stress industry Let’s face it: most jobs are stressful. In the aviation industry, stressors of flight may range from a slight inconvenience to a significant wear on aircrew fatigue and performance. You individual work-life ba...

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Aircraft Performance: The importance of knowing your aircraft

Aircraft Performance: The importance of knowing your aircraft

Keeping up on Pilot Training If I had to pick my least favorite part of recurrent, it would have to be aircraft performance. It’s usually one of the last things we talk about and it never carries the same urgency as, say, discussing a dual generator ...

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Flight Physiology and Varying Body Types in the Cockpit

Flight Physiology and Varying Body Types in the Cockpit

How Gender Differences May Affect Stressors of Flight While the pilot population as a whole is largely male, more women are beginning to pursue careers flying. This has raised some interesting conversations regarding flight physiology and the areas w...

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RVSM course gets updated and we couldn’t be prouder

RVSM course gets updated and we couldn’t be prouder

Welcome to CTS: New RVSM Course! We’re celebrating an addition to the CTS catalog - our new RVSM course is now up and flying! With respect for our previous RVSM course, it was behind the times. Our new course has completely new graphics, audio, and i...

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Online company manual training - how does that happen exactly?

Online company manual training - how does that happen exactly?

How company operation manuals become lessons Have you ever wondered what happens when you send us a company specific operations manual for online pilot training lesson writing? It all starts with an email or a call to the CTS Content or Sales teams. ...

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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...

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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 ...

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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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Crew Resource Management and the 737 Max 8

Crew Resource Management and the 737 Max 8

Crew Resource Management and Aeronautical Decision Making An interesting new piece of information has been published about the Lion Air 737 Max 8 accident last October and it is yet another reminder of the life saving benefits of Crew Resource Manage...

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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 ...

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If The Course Fits - We’ll Help You Train on It

If The Course Fits - We’ll Help You Train on It

Imagine pilots, technical writers, and production artists with thread and thimbles. Like a tailor working on a dress or tuxedo CTS can create a subject to fit our customer’s unique needs - which we do...often! One of our most recent custom subjects c...

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A Change Will Do Us Good

A Change Will Do Us Good

Change isn’t always a bad thing, and when it comes to training course updates (and between the couch cushions), CTS believes this to be true. We’re currently in the process of updating our RVSM course, as well as creating new courses for PBCS and PBN...

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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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Weight and Balance and Your Aircraft’s Performance

Weight and Balance and Your Aircraft’s Performance

Staying Balanced on the Ground and in the Air   A solid understanding of weight and balance is imperative to aircraft performance and remaining safely with the flight envelope. Knowing the definitions and associated concepts help pilots to ensur...

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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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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...

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