Lancair Columbia 300 Training

History of the Columbia 300

The Columbia 300 is a high-performance composite aircraft powered by a 310 HP normally aspirated Continental IO-550-N. Originally developed by Lancair as the LC40-550FG, the 300 was certified in 1998. The Lancair Columbia 300 cruises at a comfortable 190 KTAS at 75% power.

In 2003, the Columbia 300 was upgraded to a glass cockpit and given other design improvements as well. This newly upgraded aircraft was then certified as the Columbia 350 (LC42-550FG). In late 2007, Cessna Aircraft Company purchased the assets of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing (CAM) and renamed the aircraft the Cessna 350 Corvalis.

Overview – Lancair Columbia 300 Initial Transition Training

Our training course for the Lancair Columbia 300 is three days for most pilots.

Ground Training

Ground training on the Columbia 300 includes aircraft systems, engine management, preflight procedures, avionics management, and automation management. The training is tailored to the experience level of the individual pilot.

Flight Training

Flight training for the Columbia 300 includes:

  • Checklists and Procedures
  • Takeoffs and Landings
  • Basic Maneuvers (stall recoveries, steep turns, slow flight)
  • GPS Navigation and WAAS procedures (if applicable)
  • Instrument Approaches (if applicable)
  • Emergency and Abnormal Procedures
  • Engine Management
  • Automation Management

Columbia 300 Training Itinerary (3 days)

Our Columbia 300 training is tailored to the needs and experience of the individual pilot. Typically, however, the full course requires three days of training.

The typical progression is as follows:

  • Ground Training – Overview of aircraft, systems, and operation
  • Flight Training – Introduction to basic aircraft operations and maneuvers, takeoffs and landings
  • Ground Training – Advanced systems operation and review
  • Flight Training – Instrument procedures, GPS, WAAS, VOR, ILS (as applicable)
  • Flight Training – Emergency and abnormal operations, review and practice maneuvers and pattern work

Many aircraft owners choose to schedule an additional (fourth) day after the initial transition training to allow time for a BFR and/or IPC. This can be discussed with the instructor at the time of scheduling.


The three day course is typically $1950. Additional information on rates is available at

Location of Training

We can train at our location in Houston, Texas, or we can come to your home airport. If we come to you, travel fees will apply. Many owners will schedule us to deliver their airplane to them after they have completed its purchase. That allows us to begin training when the airplane arrives. Alternatively, training can be conducted en route to the home airport.

Who Provides the Plane?

The customer must provide the aircraft for training along with the appropriate insurance. We do not offer a Columbia 300 for rent. Our focus is on providing training specific to your aircraft and equipment.

Who Will Be My Instructor?

We pair up pilots and instructors based on instructor qualifications and availability. If you’d like to learn more about our specific instructors, you can Meet the Team.

Insurance Approved Columbia 300 Checkouts

Our training courses are insurance-approved. We are able to work with your specific insurance agent and underwriter to make sure the training will meet their requirements.


We participate in CAART (Columbia / Cessna Advanced Aircraft Recurrent Training) and in Cessna’s CFAI (Cessna FITS Accepted Instructor) program. We also offer the following Columbia 300 training programs:

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If you are looking for insurance-approved or factory-accepted training on the Lancair Columbia 300, contact us today find out more.

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