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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.
Health Risks and the Stressors of Flight

Health Risks and the Stressors of Flight

How to better maintain a healthy lifestyle A career in aviation comes with its own set of occupational health risks - including an increased chance of cancer, back issues, and mental health concerns. Consistent preventive measures can greatly reduce ...

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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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Flight Visualization with Chair Flying

Flight Visualization with Chair Flying

The Value of Repetition   Norman Vincent Peale is credited with saying that “repetition of the same thought or physical action develops into habit, which repeated frequently enough becomes an automatic reflex”. In the case of flying, having the ...

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Part 135 Online Training: Take the leap!

Part 135 Online Training: Take the leap!

As a retired line pilot, Chief Pilot, and Check Airman I’ve witnessed and presented training in varying ways, from old schoolhouse training to online, we’ve tried them all. This is part 1 of a blog series dedicated to making a switch to online traini...

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Midair Collision Avoidance

Midair Collision Avoidance

Remaining safe in the air Midair Collisions (MACs) are one of the greatest threats to pilots even though they are oftentimes preventable. Indeed, by recognizing MACs as a threat and defining and utilizing the see-and-avoid concept, while simultaneous...

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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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Concise Communications in the Air

Concise Communications in the Air

How to make yourself a better, safer pilot. Radio communications are a huge part of a pilot’s daily life. From getting the ATIS broadcast prior to taking off to receiving ground clearance for parking, the reality is that a pilot’s listening and speak...

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Missing the missed approach

Missing the missed approach

It was a dark and snowy night… Our non -tower destination would require an approach through a mountain pass, with an equally precise missed approach back out through the mountains, if necessary. With 2 hours of flying still to go, our 4:00 AM wakeup ...

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Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays

Flying with Family & Friends With the holidays quickly approaching many pilots, especially those with roots in general aviation, choose to fly with family and friends. There are a handful of tips, tricks, and important reminders that can help suc...

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The Unique Insurance Needs of Pilots

The Unique Insurance Needs of Pilots

Pilots are a special breed of worker. I honestly don’t know any other employee group that is required to jump through more physical and mental hoops just to get to work. But I get it…most aircraft don’t land themselves and since 35,000 feet is no pla...

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The Art of the Proper Maintenance Write Up

The Art of the Proper Maintenance Write Up

Last week my co-pilot and I were climbing through FL310, casually discussing the events of the day, when we were suddenly interrupted by the bright glare of the HYDRAULIC PUMP warning light. As always, I took a deep breath to give myself a few second...

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The Risk of Hypoxia

The Risk of Hypoxia

Basic Aviation Physiology Flying has significant effects on the human body and in many ways the body is ill suited for it. Our cells are reliant upon oxygenation. This becomes problematic at altitude where there is less oxygen available. Indeed, the ...

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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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The Role of Crew Resource Management

The Role of Crew Resource Management

A Definition and Part 135 / IS-BAO Training Requirement Crew Resource Management, more commonly referred to as CRM, is the study and application of respectful, open communication. It oftentimes examines the different barriers that crewmembers may enc...

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OAT, SAT, TAT, RAT…..WAT ????? (I mean WHAT??)

OAT, SAT, TAT, RAT…..WAT ????? (I mean WHAT??)

Part 135 or 91 Temperatures matter beyond OAT Are there really that many ways to measure temperature in an aircraft? And are they all equally important? Now that the temperatures have started to plummet, a review of which values really matter in our ...

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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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Crew Briefings: Expecting the Unexpected

Crew Briefings: Expecting the Unexpected

I always get a pang in my gut when I hear about an aviation accident. I want to know what happened, what kind of aircraft was involved, the background of the crew…. I guess I’m looking for reassurance that this won’t happen to me, that I would recogn...

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