Specifications (Cessna 400)
Data from Columbia 400 Pilot's Operating HandbookGeneral characteristics
- Crew: 1 pilot
- Capacity: 3 passengers
- Length: 25 ft 2 in (7.67 m)
- Wingspan: 36 ft 1 in (11.0 m)
- Height: 9 ft 0 in (2.74 m)
- Wing area: 141 ft² (13.1 m²)
- Empty weight: 2,500 lb (1,134 kg)
- Max. takeoff weight: 3,600 lb (1,500 kg)
- Powerplant: 1 × Teledyne Continental TSIO-550-C flat-6 engine, 310 hp (230 kW)
- Maximum speed: 235 knots (270 mph, 435 km/h) calibrated airspeed
- Cruise speed: 235 knots (270 mph, 435 km/h) true airspeed at 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
- Range: 1,107 nm (1,274 mi, 2,038 km)
- Service ceiling: 25,000 ft (7,600 m)
- Rate of climb: 1,500 ft/min (7.6 m/s) or greater, below 16,000 ft (4,875 m)
- Wing loading: 25.5 lb/ft² (125 kg/m²)
- Power/mass: 0.091 hp/lb (150 W/kg)
We landed at something above my normal cruise speed in the cub with a stiff crosswind and used every inch of the 3400 foot runway. I am used to landing at Friday Harbor and making the first turnoff.
Boeing field off the right wing whilst crossing over SeaTac International airport, climbing out of 4000 for 6000 feet.
Northbound crossing Puget Sound, punching through clouds as we go. Outside temperature was minus 13C and we were picking up some frost on the leading edges of the wings in the cloud tops.
Heading north, east of Puget Sound, north of Bremerton. Asked for 8000 feet to get above the cloud tops, but as you can see the clouds ahead are still above us. Didn't want to go much higher as we will just have to drop down through them again soon to land.
This is the Avidyne glass panel setup in the C400. Two Garmin GPS units, S-Tec autopilot and all the bells and whistles you can possibly want.
It was a fast trip and I enjoyed it greatly. I am certainly glad I was not alone as cruising at 185 knots rather than my normal 85 knots, things happen a whole lot quicker that I am used to. If you want to get someplace in a hurry, the C400 is a good way to go.