The Best of the Best 2003: Personal Aircraft - Lancair Columbia 350

<< Back to Robb Report, June 2003
  • Jan Tegler

Reaching a destination quickly is not always enough. If you also want to turn some heads while taxiing on the runway, then consider the Lancair Columbia 350. It was designed with both speed and aesthetics in mind. The fixed-gear Lancair, which can cruise at 219 mph, is the fastest normally aspirated single- or twin-engine aircraft on the market, even faster than many turboprops.

The Columbia 350’s composite construction is strong and light, but its design gives the aircraft an aggressive sporting stance, much like
a luxury sport coupe—a very fast coupe. The cabin includes comfortable leather seats, a wraparound dash, and a side-stick control that is similar to the one found in the F-16 jet.

The Lancair, which is priced from $360,000 to $400,000, seats four and has a range of approximately 1,500 miles and a ceiling of 18,000 feet. This means you and three guests can zip from New York to Chicago in just over three hours—and look good doing it.

Lancair, 541.318.1144, www.lancair.com

From Around the Web...
The Vision Jet is equipped with the company’s famed cutting-edge tech and full-plane parachute…
Helicopter enthusiasts with a propensity for the posh will be delighted…
The show was host some of the most advanced private jets and helicopters launched in years…
The ultralong-range jet puts the world in reach with a 7,422-mile range and a top speed of 425 mph…
The airport has added a new first-class lounge and cleared the Legacy 500 for landing…
The approval process is about to become simpler and shorter. Here’s why that’s good news…
The latest news from the world’s five top private-jet builders…
The latest news from four of the world’s top personal-aircraft builders…
Purchasing a private jet is a special occasion, and Embraer Executive Jets treats it as such…
You could waste a lot of money on a plane if you’re not a good candidate for ownership…