I really liked the familiar engine and prop controls and 310 HP of the Columbia but my impression of the people I was dealing with and the looks of the aircraft really worked against the Columbia.
Care to expand on the “impression of the people.” Lancair has been designing planes a long time. Do you mean salespeople? Support people? Did they mislead?
Dean G (potential buyer of one of these two planes)
I’ll chime in here and let you know my experiences with Lancair that led to my purchase of a Cirrus.
I called the factory several years ago and requested literature. I received it quickly and was ready to visit the Lancair factory (long trip from SC) and fly the prototype.
I called several times and never received a return phone call. I mean NEVER! I took a test ride in a Cirrus with Bruce Gunter (sales dude for east coast) and decided I loved the Cirrus and liked Bruce and the test pilot who flew down with him.
I hemmed and hawed (Southern for could not make up my mind) for six months while enjoying the thrills of renting the local garbage. (The final decision came when I showed up at the airport to rent an Arrow for a business trip, opened the hangar door, and surprise, no plane. Seemed it had crashed the week before because the pilot ran out of gas. Unfortunately, no one called to let me know and the subsequent airline ticket cost more than my first car)
Anyhow, the next day I planned to send my check to Cirrus and before I did, called Lancair one more time. I am still waiting for them to return my call (year later?!?)
Additionally, (as I have said before, and I will say it again in this forum) is that Cirrus made a wise choice to abandon the kit market to produce a production plane. They are very focused on the goal. Lancair has not made this same commitment and it shows in an inability to get going.
My bet is that the Columbia 300 and Lancair will be an also ran in the industry and Cirrus will dominate. (If there are more than 100 Col. 300’s built (by Lancair) I will be very surprised) The Klapmeir’s or Cirrus, by contrast, are impressive visonaries with focus. Look out world.
Speaking of elegant (earlier reply), the Lancair is a better looking plane than the Cirrus, especially from the rear quarter. Other than that, the Cirrus, because of the founders vision, the lead in production and marketing, and the orders on the books, is the best thing going.
Pick a Cirrus and quit Hemmin’ and Hawin’