January 15, 2009
By Alton K. Marsh
Cessna Aircraft Company, which in 2007 purchased Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing Company and renamed its models the Cessna 350 and 400, has completed its branding of the products with final names for the aircraft.
The models are renamed the Cessna 350 Corvalis and Cessna 400 Corvalis TT (twin-turbocharged).
"Our customers and sales team asked us to name these products like other popular Cessnas such as the Cardinal and Skyhawk. The name Corvalis, although spelled differently, was inspired from the name of a picturesque Oregon town about 120 miles west of Cessna's Bend, Ore., manufacturing facility. It is a graceful word befitting the flowing lines of the aircraft and its unique Northwest heritage," said Tom Aniello, vice president of marketing.
"The logo graphic evokes a stylized depiction of the Three Sisters mountains, part of the Cascade mountain range separating the Eastern and Western halves of Oregon, and clearly visible from Cessna's Bend facility," Aniello said.
At a claimed maximum cruise speed of 235 knots, the Cessna 400 Corvalis TT is the fastest fixed-gear single-engine piston aircraft on the market. Equipped with a 310-horsepower Teledyne Continental TCM IO-550N, the Cessna 350 Corvalis has a certified ceiling of 18,000 feet and a maximum cruise speed of 190 knots. The twin-turbocharger equipped, intercooled TCM TSIO-550C installed in the Cessna 400 Corvalis TT enables it to cruise as high as 25,000 feet when its pilot and passengers use the 400's standard four-place, built-in oxygen system.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
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