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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.
NBAA Launches Program to Help Part 135 Business Pilots

NBAA Launches Program to Help Part 135 Business Pilots

NBAA looks to help Part 135 business aviation pilots and companies get back in the air If you’re one of the hundreds of pilots who have lost their Part 135 (or 91) Corporate or Charter flying job, then NBAA has some good news for you! They are going ...

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Can Pilot Training Correct Poor  Judgment and Complacency?

Can Pilot Training Correct Poor Judgment and Complacency?

Pakistan's recent crash has us wondering if pilot training can correct complacency and poor judgment of experienced pilots By now I figure everyone has heard about the disaster unfolding in Pakistan regarding nearly one third of their professional pi...

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Underwater Egress Pilot Training

Underwater Egress Pilot Training

Underwater egress pilot training may be a lifesaver There are two things about pilot training that terrify me. One is something I’m fairly certain I’ll never have to do - the high G centrifuge training for fighter pilots and astronauts. Just watching...

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Pilot Training Can Start Early for Young Women

Pilot Training Can Start Early for Young Women

Girls in Aviation Day was virtual this year, but the message of introducing more young women to pilot training is still strong Women in Aviation International (WAI) is about to celebrate the 6th annual Girls in Aviation Day (GIAD) by launching a bran...

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Pilot Training - Helicopter Upset and Advanced Instrument Skills

Pilot Training - Helicopter Upset and Advanced Instrument Skills

Helicopter pilot training that combines upset and advanced instrument flight is ready We don’t usually say the words “helicopter” and “aerobatics” in the same sentence, but that may be about to change. Helicopter instructor, Chuck Aaron, is going to ...

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Pilot Training for Night Vision Systems Gaining Popularity

Pilot Training for Night Vision Systems Gaining Popularity

Pilot training for fixed wing pilots may finally include more coverage of night vision systems Back in the day when I was flying single-pilot EMS operations in mountainous terrain at all hours of the night, I would have killed for a night vision imag...

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A Flight Plan Without Taxi Fuel May Be in Our Future

A Flight Plan Without Taxi Fuel May Be in Our Future

Time spent on your flight plan and money spent on fuel could be saved by adding an electrical track system to aircraft taxiing Aircraft Towing Systems (ATS) Worldwide is about to break ground on an innovative system that is designed to move aircraft ...

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Pilot Training Accident Blamed on Spatial Disorientation. What Else?

Pilot Training Accident Blamed on Spatial Disorientation. What Else?

A pilot training accident leaves some wondering why the instructor didn’t intervene I often read accident reports and try to imagine how I would have handled the emergency, despite the fact that I have no way of knowing all of the contributing factor...

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Basic Pilot Training Could Help Minimize Incidents

Basic Pilot Training Could Help Minimize Incidents

Making sure the inside of your cockpit is clear of debris may be a simple pilot training tool to help prevent incidents Pilot training covers a variety of subjects that have to do with preparing for an event; preparing for takeoff, preparing for desc...

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Going Beyond FAA Regulations to Ensure Tire Preservation

Going Beyond FAA Regulations to Ensure Tire Preservation

FAA regulations for your aircraft tires may need extra steps added while you and your aircraft wait Covid-19 is sending many aircraft into extended storage, raising concerns about tire safety. FAA regulations require tire inspections before each flig...

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Pilot Training and a New Aircraft System Help Runway Overrun

Pilot Training and a New Aircraft System Help Runway Overrun

In addition to pilot training, runway overrun accidents may decrease after the creation of an overrun awareness alert system It’s almost embarrassing that a system needed to be developed to help pilots avoid runway overruns….Shouldn’t pilot training ...

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FAA Regulations Don't Quite Cut it According to NTSB

FAA Regulations Don't Quite Cut it According to NTSB

FAA regulations do not cover all the bases, the NTSB wants to add more recording devices to aircraft If the FAA Regulations had required that all commercial helicopters had data and image recorders onboard, then the Kobe Bryant accident, and others l...

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GPS Navigation Now A Target of Ransomware Attacks

GPS Navigation Now A Target of Ransomware Attacks

EFB programs make GPS navigation easier and faster unless the program is the victim of a cyber attack Ransomware attacks are becoming almost routine these days, but the hackers are suddenly upping their game and it’s getting really scary. GPS navigat...

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Pilot Training Should Include Extra Vigilance for Aircraft Coming Out of Maintenance

Pilot Training Should Include Extra Vigilance for Aircraft Coming Out of Maintenance

Pilot training for extra caution when operating an aircraft after performed maintenance could save lives Early in my corporate flying career, I flew a Citation that had just come out of maintenance. We were having a hard time getting it trimmed prope...

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Flight Planning Keeps Getting Easier with New EFB Apps

Flight Planning Keeps Getting Easier with New EFB Apps

Another EFB app is about to make your flight planning, and flying, easier and safer Aviation flight planning is getting easier and easier these days. Appareo has just released its new Stratus Insight EFB App and it’s got some neat features. Insight i...

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FAA Regulations and the “Sham Dry Lease”

FAA Regulations and the “Sham Dry Lease”

FAA regulations take leasing rules seriously - pilots may want to brush up on these rules The FAA issued an informational letter reminding all pilots that the regulations for operational control MUST be followed when flying for compensation or for hi...

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Your Pilot Medical May be Affected for years due to Covid-19

Your Pilot Medical May be Affected for years due to Covid-19

What happens when the effects of Covid-19 linger for weeks or even months? The Covid-19 virus may interfere with our ability to get or renew a pilot medical, and that’s very scary news for those of us who earn a living flying aircraft. Medical expert...

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Alternate Pilot Currency Requirements to Carry Passengers at Night

Alternate Pilot Currency Requirements to Carry Passengers at Night

So in the midst of this Coronavirus pandemic and the grounding of airplanes everywhere, I was thinking about my night currency. I suppose it should be the least of my worries, but still, I was trying to remember when I last flew at night. And I was t...

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Your IFR Flight Plan is Now Easier to Visualize

Your IFR Flight Plan is Now Easier to Visualize

Visualizing your IFR flight plan is getting easier Filing an IFR flight plan into a busy airport with multiple approaches and complicated arrival/departure procedures is a little easier for pilots flying with Garmin avionics. Version 10 has just been...

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Pilot Training May Benefit from a Look at Showboating

Pilot Training May Benefit from a Look at Showboating

Should pilot training discuss the dangers of showing off? The NTSB has released the factual report on the crash of former Major League Baseball pitcher Roy Halladay. He was flying his Icon A5 light sport amphibious airplane in 2017 when he lost contr...

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