Columbia 400

Columbia 400 Training

As the fastest single-engine, fixed-gear production aircraft, the Columbia 400 is capable of 235 KTAS at 25,000’ MSL. The aircraft is powered by a twin-turbo 310 HP Continental TSIO-550-C engine.

Similar to the 300 and 350, the 400 features a larger rudder and elevator providing enhanced control authority. The aircraft has been fully certified as a spin-recoverable airplane, meaning that there is no requirement for an airframe parachute. Another benefit of the Columbia airframe is the 25,200 hour airframe lifetime.

This high-performance composite aircraft was originally produced by Lancair and certified as the LC41-550FG. The Lancair Columbia 400 was later produced by Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing as the Columbia 400. Then, in late 2007, Cessna Aircraft Company purchased the assets of Columbia Aircraft Manufacturing (CAM) and renamed the aircraft the Cessna 400 Corvalis TT.

Overview – Lancair Columbia 400 Initial Transition Training

Our training course for the Lancair Columbia 400 is three days for most pilots.

Ground Training

Ground training on the Columbia 400 includes aircraft systems, engine management, turbocharger operations, oxygen usage, high altitude considerations, 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

Flight training for the Columbia 400 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
  • Turbocharger Operation
  • High Altitude Training and Oxygen Usage (if applicable)
  • Automation Management

Columbia 400 Training Itinerary (3 days)

Our Columbia 400 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 of 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, high altitude training, 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.


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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 the 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 400 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 would like to learn more about our specific instructors, you can Meet the Team.

Insurance Approved Columbia 400 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 400 training programs:

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If you are looking for insurance-approved or factory-accepted training on the Lancair Columbia 400, contact us today find out more.