2005 was a record-breaking year for Columbia Aircraft
Manufacturing Corporation (CAM). The company told ANN that 2005
deliveries of its 350 and 400 aircraft were up 68% over 2004.
“Columbia hit its stride in 2005,” said CAM Vice
President of Marketing and Sales Randy S. Bolinger.
“The facility expansion and production ramp up was
completed, deliveries were very strong, new products were
introduced and sales demand was excellent. In the future, I think
we’ll look back on 2005 as a turning point for
For the year ending December 31st, CAM delivered 115 new
aircraft, up from 78 in 2004. “Although Q4 deliveries were
limited to 15 aircraft as the result of certification delays on a
major aircraft upgrade, Columbia Aircraft continues to manufacture
aircraft at the rate of one per day and will post record delivery
and revenue figures in 2006,” Bolinger said.
“Much of the 2005 growth can be attributed to an expanded
product line and international growth. We now have sales centers in
Mexico, Brazil, UK, Germany, France, Italy, Poland, Malaysia and
Columbia Aircraft manufactures a variety of all-composite
aircraft including the world’s fastest certified piston
aircraft – the Columbia 400. The Columbia 350, 350i, 350SL
and 350SLX are normally aspirated, four-place aircraft with a
cruise speed of 191 knots. The Columbia 400, 400i, 400SL and 400SLX
are intercooled, twin-turbocharged, four-place aircraft certified
to FL250 with a cruise speed of 235 knots.