Aircraft Review

August 1999 Issue

Columbia 300

Definitely better performance than your average spam can but pay attention to weight and balance.

[IMGCAP(1)] Although we doubt they would admit as much, the marketers of the new Columbia 300 must love other general aviation ads. What better foil for a company pitching a slick, new-age, all-composite airframe touted to be everything a Beech, Piper, Cessna or Mooney is not.

After years of complaints about nothing new in general aviation, the Columbia 300 from Lancair/Pacific Aviation Composites (PAC) truly is refreshing, even though it’s not nearly as radical as the market hype might suggest.

Our view is that if this model is successful—and we think it has genuine promise— because conceptually, it’s only a little bit new, goes a little bit faster and costs less than the standard is...

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