Plane & Pilot
Thursday, November 1, 2007

November 2007 Readback

readback opener After introducing the 300 Knot Club, Columbia began to receive photographic evidence from aircraft owners of groundspeeds in excess of 300 knots. The company has subsequently inducted these pilots into the club. “The 300 Knot Club is simply a way to celebrate what a purpose-built speedster can accomplish in the hands of a skilled aviator,” said Columbia Aircraft VP of Sales Randy Bollinger.
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embry-riddle aeronauticalTop Rank
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University once again earned the top ranking in the category of Aerospace/Aeronautical/ Astronautical Engineering Program in the annual “America’s Best Colleges” guide published by U.S. News & World Report magazine. “For the eighth year in a row, U.S. News has honored Embry-Riddle for outstanding achievement in aerospace engineering and in the overall undergraduate engineering category,” said John P. Johnson, the university’s president. “We’re extremely proud of this accomplishment and think it’s a reflection of Embry-Riddle’s quality faculty, staff and students in our engineering departments and throughout the university.” For more information, visit

cub craftersCubCrafters CEO
Todd Simmons has been named President and Chief Executive Officer at CubCrafters. He’ll assume oversight of day-to-day operations and strategic management of the firm. “With today’s announcement,” said CubCrafters founder and owner Jim Richmond, “I can spend more time on R&D and product innovation.” Visit

Phoenix East Aviation
Phoenix East Aviation has added a six-week, FAA-approved Airline Dispatcher Course to the programs at its Daytona Beach, Fla., facility. Learn about meteorology, Federal Aviation Regulations, aircraft systems and performance, global navigation systems, communications, navigation, ATC, practical dispatching, flight planning and additional training required for FAA certification. Register at

CAPT in chinaCAPT In China
Florida-based Commercial Airline Pilot Training Program (CAPT) received official notification from the General Administration of Civil Aviation of China (CAAC) granting approval for CAPT to train students to fly for airlines in China. “We’re very honored to be recognized by the CAAC for our superior flight-training program,” said CAPT Executive Director Patrick Murphy. “This is great for CAPT, but even greater that we will be able to help sustain the aviation industry for the future. With growth projections in China at more than 2,500 pilots needed per year for the next 15 years, the needs of the industry are staggering.”

The first class of students is scheduled to begin in fall 2007. Aircraft utilized will be Cirrus SR20s and Piper PA44 Seminoles, both of which utilize a glass-panel cockpit similar to those found in commercial aircraft. For more information, visit and


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