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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.
Aviation Airspace goes ATC Zero

Aviation Airspace goes ATC Zero

Aviation airspace is not as crowded as it once was, neither are ATC towers ATC Zero (Air Traffic Control Zero) means the FAA is unable to safely provide the published ATC services within the aviation airspace managed by a specific facility. Regardles...

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Pilot Training Focusing on Flying the Airplane

Pilot Training Focusing on Flying the Airplane

Pilot training that focuses on flying the aircraft instead of relying on automation could save lives When I was a young mom, we had a saying in my house that might sound a bit odd to non pilots. When life got busy or we had many people in the house, ...

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Pilot Training for the Infrequent Surprises

Pilot Training for the Infrequent Surprises

Pilot training with more surprise may help avoid in-fight mistakes A friend of mine is working on a presentation for an aviation course and he wanted me to review his powerpoint before he turned it in. The subject was the Colgan Air Flight 3407 accid...

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Part 91 Operators - Record High Fatalities in 2019

Part 91 Operators - Record High Fatalities in 2019

For 2019 Part 91 fatalities exceeded Part 135 by a wide margin, what does training have to do with it? A few months ago I read an article about the disturbing record number of fatalities for Part 91 business aviation in 2019 (record high, just to be ...

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Contact Approach from an IFR Flight Plan

Contact Approach from an IFR Flight Plan

Contact approaches - what are they, and are they worth it? Does anyone really know what a contact approach is? Does anyone really care, or even ask for one in real life? I certainly haven’t and I’ve never heard anyone else ask for one either.  T...

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Pilot Training in the Expanded Envelope

Pilot Training in the Expanded Envelope

E3 pilot training adds exposure to areas pilots may not usually fly The FAA has published its new guidance for pilot training deadlines in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. We can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that we’re not going to turn int...

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Pilot Training at home

Pilot Training at home

Don’t let pilot training lag, home simulators combined with CTS may help keep your mind scanning the instruments Is it just me, or has aviation come to a screeching halt? From pilot training, to instrument currency, to new hire classes, and everythin...

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Part 135 Flight Activity May be Slow - What Can We Do While We Wait

Part 135 Flight Activity May be Slow - What Can We Do While We Wait

Part 135 (or 91) aircraft may need some extra care while we wait for flights to resume I got a call the other day from our maintenance guy, telling me to “Go exercise the ol’ girl.” I was a little insulted since I have been faithfully going for 30 mi...

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When a Rotor Wing Flight Plan Turns Dangerous

When a Rotor Wing Flight Plan Turns Dangerous

What to do when your flight plan fails and lives are at risk I’ve always been jealous of helicopter pilots. I thought they had it made - in all situations if they didn’t like the way things were going they could always just land in a field or on a ro...

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Pilot Training Online Can Help you Stay Proficient During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Pilot Training Online Can Help you Stay Proficient During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Stay up-to-date on computer based (and living room based) pilot training from your living room during the COVID-19 pandemic Pilot training is amazing. The typical classroom/simulator combo for a type rating is intense, but well worth it. We all walk ...

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Aviation Airspace Redesign for the Northeast Corridor

Aviation Airspace Redesign for the Northeast Corridor

Aviation airspace changes to the Northeast Corridor in effect may reduce your delay time The FAA’s aviation airspace optimization initiative on the U.S. East Coast seems to be working. According to the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), t...

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Civil Helicopter Operators Help Accident Prevention

Civil Helicopter Operators Help Accident Prevention

Civil helicopter operators voice their opinion on the best way to help reduce accidents The International Helicopter Safety Foundation (IHSF) is collecting data with its sixth annual survey of civil helicopter operators. The purpose of the survey is ...

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Single-Pilot Resource Management

Single-Pilot Resource Management

Single-pilot resource management can be lonely and stressful I flew single pilot for an air medical operation for over 10 years and I can promise you, it’s a very lonely place to be when things start to unravel. Looking at the empty seat next to you ...

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Pilot training on pushback may reduce nose gear collapses

Pilot training on pushback may reduce nose gear collapses

Pilot training that covers pushback might help avoid accidents similar to a recent Learjet 45 It never hurts to go over some basic aircraft and pilot training procedures, in this case regarding the proper way to pushback. A recent incident report con...

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New FAA Regulations during COVID-19 Change Maintenance Tasks

New FAA Regulations during COVID-19 Change Maintenance Tasks

COVID-19 changes some FAA regulations for maintenance personnel to work from home The COVID-19 pandemic is changing pretty much everything we do right now, and aviation maintenance is no exception. A friend of mine is a mechanic for an air medical op...

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FAA Pilot Training Extensions Don’t Cover Everything

FAA Pilot Training Extensions Don’t Cover Everything

Pilot training extensions from the FAA don’t necessarily mean certificate expiration forgiveness from the insurance company As COVID-19 continues to spread through the United States causing business to close, and people stay away from each other, the...

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COVID-19 Prompts Aviation Industry Groups to Reach Out

COVID-19 Prompts Aviation Industry Groups to Reach Out

The aviation industry offers help during the COVID-19 pandemic The COVID-19 pandemic is changing how the world is doing business and how aviation businesses are working with people. New England Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, agreed to use their team j...

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Flight Plan Filing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Flight Plan Filing During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Filing your flight plan during the COVID-19 pandemic may require extra steps Rules are changing daily with the COVID-19 pandemic and pilots need to be especially aware of the latest changes before filing a flight plan. Every country, state, county, a...

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Aviation Insurance Cost Spikes may be Alleviated with an SMS Program

Aviation Insurance Cost Spikes may be Alleviated with an SMS Program

Aviation insurance costs may soon increase It seems as though the aviation insurance industry is going through some pretty big changes lately. Changes that have personally affected my employer and even my pilot friends. Insurance companies are lookin...

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FAA Regulations - Pilot Fatigue

FAA Regulations - Pilot Fatigue

FAA regulations don’t cover a poor night’s sleep I remember flying with a pilot who said he gets tired just looking at an airplane. I think most of us can relate. Fatigue is a big deal for pilots and for the safety of the flights we operate. FAA Regu...

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