Lance Neibauer, Founder
Lance A. Neibauer, founder and creative force behind the award-winning Lancair line of aircraft, set the standard for efficiency and high performance that has been the hallmark of Lancair from the beginning. Lance began his career as a graphic designer having received a BFA degree from Michigan State University in 1971. With a strong family background in aviation (Meyers Aircraft), Lance was drawn into aviation in the late 70’s when composite structures began to appear. The marriage of aviation and art is apparent in the sculptured lines on all Lancairs and the look of the Lancair is instantly recognizable throughout the line.
The first model, the Lancair 200, was flown in 1984 and today, that prototype resides in the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Museum in Oshkosh, WI. In the past decade, the name Lancair has come to represent industry leadership, a success based on an unrelenting commitment to quality and innovation. Lancair has played a key role in defining the actual character of this growing kit plane industry, a market segment that now outsells the Certified GA aircraft fleet by more than 3 to 1.
There have been more than 2,100 Lancair kits sold in more than 34 countries, on 5 continents. Hundreds are flying with tens of thousand of flight hours logged. Lancair also promotes highest standards of safety in the industry due in no small part to the extensive Lancair Builder Assist Program, Lancair Preflight Inspection Program, First Flight Test Program, Flight Training Program and of course, Lancair’s strong, solid airframe designs.
Lancair’s sleek, innovated design has won it numerous awards at national and international airshow conventions for "Outstanding Design" and "Best New Design." Lance Neibauer, in recognition of his notable impact on the industry, was honored with the August Raspet Award, given by the Experimental Aircraft Association for the advancement of general aviation. He has been included in the "Top Ten Engineers of the Year" by Design News Magazine, awarded "Entrepreneur of the Year" by Entrepreneur Magazine, and has received the Aviation Achievement Award by Teledyne Continental Motors, just to name a few of his honors. In 2009 Mr. Neibauer was inducted into the EAA Aviation Hall of Fame.
The rapid success of the Lancair family of aircraft is the result of a company philosophy dedicated to expanding and refining the product line, a commitment to style, innovation and technical advancements such as the use of advanced composite airframe structures.
Customer satisfaction in product and service is the truest measure of success. The Lancair customer receives an extensive free technical support service, as well as an optional formal First Flight Test Program (one of the rare few programs in the industry), a Preflight Inspection Program and a Flight Training Program among other services. It is this unrivaled partnership extended to the Lancair customer that insures his or her success as well as that of the company behind the product.
Lancair International Inc. manufactures advanced composite structures at its Redmond, Oregon facility, and has established proprietary relationships with hand-selected vendors in the USA, Europe, Australia and the Philippines. Worldwide, Lancairs are owned and operated in 34 countries on five continents.
History always in the Making
The Lancair family of aircraft has covered the range of private pilot aircraft from the solid two-seat aerobatic Lancair Legacy, the economical two-seat Legacy fixed-gear to the four-seat, fixed-gear Lancair ES, the 330 mph Lancair IV speedster to the fourth-ever pressurized piston single in the history of aviation, the Lancair IV-P. In 2000 Lancair added a turbine engine option to the Lancair IV-P. This high-powered turbine propelled the Lancair IV-P to incredible speeds of up to 370 mph! The pinnacle of the Lancair family is the Evolution, a pressurized, four place, all carbon-composite turbine powered aircraft brought to market in 2009. The Evolution offers a level of performance and utility that is simply “best in class” at a price far less than a certified equivalent. Due to the rapidly changing market and the availability of lower priced certified non-pressurized four place singles, production the IV and ES products has been suspended. The Evolution models (turbine or piston powered) and the Legacy models (fixed gear or retractable) comprise the current Lancair product line.
Lancair’s goal is to play an important part in shaping the future of modern aviation through innovation, technical advancement, safety, aesthetics, and of course, producing the best in high performance aircraft.
In February 2003, founder and president, Lance Neibauer announced the sale of his kit company to Joseph C. Bartels, a previous Lancair IV-P customer. Joseph C. Bartels, an attorney from New Orleans, first became involved with Lancair in December 1992 when he took delivery of a Lancair IV-P kit. In 2010, the Wolstenholme family of Colmar, Pennsylvania, who had been major stockholders of the company, assumed ownership and control with the naming of Bob Wolstenholme as CEO. Mr. Wolstenholme had built two Lancair IV aircraft and now, has also built an Evolution.