October 2005 Issue
Comparing two aircraft--one you can buy with a big wad of cash and one that you'll have to put together yourself--has become something of a popular pastime around here, and it's hard to find a better example of the apple not falling far from the tree than these Lancairs, the Experimental Super ES and the production-line Columbia 300/350. (The two are virtually identical, except that the 350 is the current--so to speak--all electric airplane. All production Lancairs are now called simply Columbias.) And while the fruits suggest the same flavor, it doesn't take long to learn that the Columbia varietal could have fallen from the ES's tree but it rolled down the hill, across the river and into the next orchard. Put simply: They look alike but most definitiely are not so much alike. Proof? The only shared parts are the rudder pedals! Really
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