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Lancair Initiates Expansion Plans

19 March 2004

Bend-based aircraft maker Lancair Co. said it is on track to complete a major expansion by the end of this year.

Lancair's $2.5 million, 40,000-square-foot expansion of its facilities at Bend Municipal Airport is nearing its first milestone, officials said.

The company expects to bring a new composites oven on line at the end of March that will double its production capacity for composite aircraft components.

The new oven is an important milestone in the company's expansion at the Bend airport. The expansion will bring roughly 30 percent more square feet that will allow for a new special order department.

""As our production rate accelerated last year, we quickly began wanting for more room,"" Lancair President Bing Lantis said. ""The additional space will allow us to add some new equipment as well as refine our production process. Ultimately, we'll produce more aircraft more efficiently while maintaining our extremely high quality levels.""

The additional space and streamlined production practices will all add up to an increase of Lancair's production rate from one aircraft every two days now to one aircraft every business day by year-end. It will also provide a variety of statistical platforms that will collectively reduce process variability.

Lancair is already producing its Columbia 350 and expects soon to put its turbocharged Columbia 400 model into production.