Columbia Jet


#1

November 1-2
Dallas, TX - Jet Preview
KDAL

Is Columbia designing a jet. I didn’t think they had the financial capabilities to build one.

As if there couldn’t be another VLJ. :unamused:

flycolumbia.com/Columbia_Air … mbia_Tour/


#2

Building a mock-up and/or a prototype is not the same as producing a certified aircraft as we have seen so many times recently. It seems like you have to show a mock-up these days just to signal to the market that you are still in the game. 10 years from now, it is very hard to believe that we will see 10-15 companies producing VLJs.


#3

“Jet Previews” are held all over the country. They are nothing more than a regional gathering of manufacturer’s showing off their offerings to the demographic of their target buyers. They’re like a mini NBAA show, if you will. You may see piston singles to Gulfstreams…it just depends on who chooses to participate.


#4

thanks for the clarifying that.


#5

Don’t think they have the technical capabilitiies to do the design anymore. Over the last couple years, there has been a significant loss of engineering expertise to various other companies, like Epic. The pace of their new products shows how smart some of those guys are. You can say Columbia has a “lean” operation that is inplace to support production, but they don’t have the resources to do much beyond that. The lack of significant product changes really shows this.