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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.
RVSM: Respect the Airspace

RVSM: Respect the Airspace

Avoiding RAs in RVSM Airspace I just read an article about how a triple Resolution Advisory (RA) event recently occurred in RVSM Airspace. I honestly don’t know why this doesn’t happen daily - one thousand feet of separation is not very much and if p...

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Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications

Uncontrolled Airport Radio Communications

Flying into an uncontrolled airport certainly isn’t an ideal time for radio failure I experienced my first radio failure the other day. It was more like total radio static - but it was enough that we couldn’t hear anything that the controller was say...

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Aviation Airspace Corrupted by Holiday Laser-Light Displays

Aviation Airspace Corrupted by Holiday Laser-Light Displays

FAA warns pilots of increased laser strikes from holiday displays infecting aviation airspace I love driving around in my car during the holidays, looking at the beautiful laser light displays in the neighborhoods near my house. Unfortunately, the FA...

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Pilot Training: When to Reject Reject Reject!

Pilot Training: When to Reject Reject Reject!

What do you do when not all pilot training is the same for something like aborted takeoffs? Ask 100 pilots the question, “Who has the authority to call for an abort?” and you may get 100 different answers. Well, not 100 different answers, but heated ...

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FAA First Class Medical - The Effects of Cosmic Radiation

FAA First Class Medical - The Effects of Cosmic Radiation

Your FAA First Class Medical can save your life from the effects of cosmic radiation Several years ago, I was in the middle of a routine FAA First Class Medical exam when all of a sudden it stopped being routine. The Doctor asked me to swallow while ...

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Pilot Training: Don’t forget the All Mighty Checklist

Pilot Training: Don’t forget the All Mighty Checklist

Pilot training taught us never to skip a checklist item - so why do we? We recently flew the boss between two cities in Tennessee. The flight wasn’t long and we didn’t go very high, but we did learn a valuable lesson that apparently didn’t sink in du...

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Part 91 Takeoff Minimums for Charitably Donated Flights

Part 91 Takeoff Minimums for Charitably Donated Flights

Part 91 takeoff minimums are still required, but not more stringent when accepting charitable passenger flights As a 10 year pilot for an air ambulance company, I understand the transportation needs of the sick and injured. The flights are carefully ...

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CTS is at AMTC Demonstrating Online Training Courses

CTS is at AMTC Demonstrating Online Training Courses

CTS offers online training in the air medical field CTS is excited to be a part of The Association of Air Medical Services and is attending the 2019 Air Medical Transport Conference (AMTC) November 4-6 in Atlanta, GA. We’re looking forward to meeting...

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Sun Glare Leads To Accidental Landing In Class D Airspace

Sun Glare Leads To Accidental Landing In Class D Airspace

Sun glare can lead pilots to the wrong airspace - Class D! Oh boy. Another crew landed at the wrong airport ( ACN: 1513320 ) and as luck would have it, the airport was in Class D Airspace. No judgement here! But there are definite lessons to be learn...

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CTS is Demonstrating Online Pilot Training Courses at NBAA-BACE

CTS is Demonstrating Online Pilot Training Courses at NBAA-BACE

Join CTS at NBAA-BACE in Vegas CTS is happy to once again participate in the NBAA Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (NBAA-BACE), October 22-24 in Las Vegas. We’re excited to talk about pilot training and how we can help you customize a tr...

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How Interference Testing Affect GPS Navigation

How Interference Testing Affect GPS Navigation

The US military has been conducting large scale national security exercises in which GPS navigation signals are degraded to test defense systems and preparedness. I certainly understand the necessity for such testing – I want us to be ready for anyth...

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Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part IV

Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part IV

The Pilot’s View Let’s say you’re a pilot who works for an amazing company that has decided to transition to world class online pilot training. Maybe you’re not so sure about it...how it works, what you will get out of it, how difficult it will be….....

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RNAV SIDs, Making Sense of Climb Via

RNAV SIDs, Making Sense of Climb Via

The importance of RNAV SID phraseology In recent years, area navigation (RNAV) has been gaining a significant foothold in the National Airspace (NAS) as ground-based navigation is being relied upon less. The preference for RNAV is substantiated by th...

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Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part III

Part 135 Online Pilot Training: Take the leap! Part III

Enrolling in online pilot training in a digital world OK. You’ve made the decision to modernize your aviation training department to join the e-learning world. What now? Well, just like in the old days when the yellow pages let your fingers do the wa...

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