Proclaims Lancair Columbia 300 A "Beautiful and
Wonderful Handling Airplane"
One might note that any landing the
Prime Minister makes is a good landing... butrthe PM really does
sound impressed with his recent flight in a Lancair Columbia.
Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad yesterday
flew a Lancair Columbia 300 over the skies of the tropical island
of Langkawi, Malaysia, during the LIMA International Air and
Dr. Mahathir took the controls of the production aircraft for an
hour-long flight during a break in the scheduled overseas meeting
of The Lancair Company's Board of Directors. An avid pilot and
aviation enthusiast, he took to the skies and headed out on what
was supposed to be a brief flight over the airport.
Instead, he kept his entourage, dignitaries, members of the
press and an entire nation waiting for well over an hour.
As he boarded the Columbia 300, he turned to Lancair executives
Bing Lantis, President/CEO and Mark Cahill, Exec Vice President,
saying that his wife wouldn't let him accept an invitation to fly
F18s, but gave him the nod to fly the Lancair. Dr Mahatir praised
Lancair co-founder and designer Lance Neibauer and his team on a
beautiful design and wonderful handling airplane. It has been nine
years since Malaysia decided to back the vision of Lance Neibauer
and The Lancair Company.
The Malaysian Government is establishing a record of successful
involvement and investment in the world's aviation design and
production industry. Spearheading this is their major investment in
The Lancair Company of Bend (OR). Additionally Malaysia has
become the appointed component manufacturer of wing structures for
Airbus Industries- one of Europe's most successful modern
commercial aviation aircraft manufacturers.