This Columbia 300 is among the first to be outfitted with a new option: dual UPS Aviation Technologies MX20 multifunction displays. The second MX20 replaces the standard AvroTec moving map. The Alaskan customer plans to use one of the MX20s to display Jeppesen approach charts while flying instrument approaches. The second one will be dedicated to showing terrain information during the approach—an obvious safety benefit in Alaska's rugged territory. For more details on the capabilities of the MX20, see the September issue of AOPA Pilot, page 109.
AOPA President Phil Boyer met this week with newly appointed Lancair President Bing Lantis and toured the company's production facility in Bend, Oregon. Lantis was appointed president earlier this summer. He had been working on setting up the dealer network for distribution of the Lancair Columbia 300 and 400. He previously served as president of Mooney Aircraft. During his tour, Boyer saw many Columbia 300s in various stages of production. The company is delivering about one a week and hopes to reach a rate of one a day by early next year. The turbocharged Columbia 400 with its all-glass cockpit is scheduled for certification early next year. (See " Fixed and Fast," AOPA Pilot, February 2001.)
The all-composite Columbia 300 cruises at about 185 knots. (See " Near the Nest," AOPA Pilot, May 2000.) The 400, which shares the same four-place fuselage, turns in a blistering 230 knots well into the flight levels.