Lancair Hits 100

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It may seem like 100 years to some of those at Lancair Certified but it only took the company eight years to reach a centennial of sorts. The Bend, Ore., company rolled its 100th Columbia 350 out of the factory earlier this week, a little more than a week before that big Dec. 17 to-do in North Carolina. "Having the two milestones fall so close to one another is a fitting coincidence," CEO Bing Landis told The Bend Bugle. "This delivery is symbolic in that the Lancair Company has seen more than its share of challenges but we've persevered and today our outlook for the future is limitless." A bit more than a year ago, that future didn't look so rosy. Despite about $25 million in backlogged orders, the company was out of cash and needed a fresh injection of capital to resume production. The Malaysian government came up with the money and the production line resumed shortly afterward. The 100th Columbia, in a special paint scheme, is going to an unidentified central Oregon business family. Meanwhile, work continues toward certification of the turbocharged version of the 350, dubbed the 400.