Lancair changes name to Columbia

The Lancair Co., builder of Columbia certified aircraft, has changed its name to Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Corp.

The change should help eliminate any confusion between the company, which builds certified airplanes such as the slick Columbia 350 and 400, and Lancair International, the kit company from which the Columbia line sprang in 1998. The kit company was sold a few years ago.

“Although we’re proud of our Lancair heritage, we feel that a new name is essential for creating a unique identity for our certified aircraft,” CEO Bing Lantis explained.

Other changes are in store for the company, which is continuing to hire more staff and build additional plant space as production increases to meet demand.

(Editor’s Note: Look for a Pilot’s Report on the Columbia 400 in the next issue.)

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