I guess young Colton had himself a mischievous 4th of July weekend. Apparently tired of the Pacific Northwest our vagabond ruffian/prankster/thief clicked his heals and a few aircraft later he ends up on sunny Abaco Island in the Bahamas. Maybe the Royal Bahamas Police can capture and instill some proper English manners in the young lad. Maybe not. I'm thinking Colton is already on his new motor yacht cutting course west to the Florida Keys.
I bring up this story because, having heard of the fellow the past few years, it was interesting that the last airplane he stole (so far!) was from an airport right down the street from me. And the choice of aircraft, he couldn't have picked a nicer one.
Cessna 400 Corvalis TT
Data from Columbia 400 Pilot's Operating Handbook
* 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) (It is 900nm from Bloomington, Indiana to Abaco Island - GPS Direct. Full tanks and a nice tailwind I guess, Colton always gets the Lucky Dog Pass.)
* 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)
Pocket Hot Rod!