Lancair 350s Flying Off The Shelves
Lancair's bottleneck in its Columbia 350 line broke last week when the FAA OK'd the new model for delivery to owners. The new, all-electric airplane (no vacuums ... it does run on 100LL) has been ready to go since mid-summer, but deliveries were delayed until the FAA certified the S-TEC autopilot and the Avidyne FlightMax Entegra primary and multifunction glass cockpit displays. "The factory is literally bursting at the seams with aircraft that are ready to go to our customers," Lancair V.P. of sales Mark Cahill said last week, in a news release. Now, "The paperwork is done and we're set to hand over the first several customer Columbia 350s." The FAA has signed off the Airworthiness Certificates for the first five Columbia 350s and Lancair began delivering those aircraft last week. The company plans to deliver three or more Columbia 350s each week hereafter. The Lancair Columbia 350 is an evolution of the normally aspirated, 310-hp Columbia 300. The four-place, all-composite aircraft cruises at 190 knots with a range of more than 1,200 miles. "We have added personnel to our pilot training program to handle the increased volume of deliveries," Cahill continued. "We're looking forward to seeing a lot of aircraft fly away in the coming weeks." In addition to added pilot training personnel, The Lancair Company has also extended its training program by a day. "We've added the extra day to provide more depth of instruction on the aircraft's sophisticated avionics systems, such as the PFD and MFD," Cahill said.