Columbia 350 Training
History of the Columbia 350
The Columbia 350 is a normally aspirated high-performance aircraft featuring a glass cockpit and composite airframe. Based on the successful Lancair Columbia 300 airframe, the 350 features upgraded avionics and various design improvements. The aircraft is equipped with the 310 HP Continental IO-550-N powerplant, and certified in 2003 as the 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 – Columbia 350 Initial Transition Training
Our training course for the Columbia 350 is three days for most pilots.
Ground training on the Columbia 350 includes aircraft systems, engine management, preflight procedures, avionics management, and automation management. The training is tailored to the experience level of the individual pilot. For G1000-equipped aircraft, the ground training may be completed online:
Flight training for the Columbia 350 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 350 Training Itinerary (3 days)
Our Columbia 350 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 for the flight training is as follows:
- Flight Training – Introduction to basic aircraft operations and maneuvers, takeoffs and landings
- 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 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.
Information on rates is available at rates.
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 350 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 350 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 350 training programs:
- Recurrent Training
- High Performance Endorsement
- Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC)
- Flight Review (BFR)
If you are looking for insurance-approved or factory-accepted training on the Columbia 350, contact us today find out more.