Stratos Reveals Plans for Single-engine VLJ

 - July 23, 2008, 11:40 AM

Bend, Ore.-based Stratos Aircraft yesterday revealed its intention to build an all-composite single-engine very light jet, dubbed the Stratos 714, with 1,500 nm range at 400 knots. Aerospace engineer Carsten Sundin and entrepreneur Michael Lamaire founded Stratos to build a four-seat jet with greater speed, range and weather capabilities than are currently available in this market segment. According to the company, the $2 million Stratos 714 will have the “latest in advanced avionics, flight management systems and flight into known icing functionality.” A 3,030-pound-thrust Fadec-controlled Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan will power the 7,000-pound-max gross weight airplane. Stratos said the jet single will be able to maintain sea-level cabin altitude through FL250 and a 6,000-foot cabin altitude up to its maximum operating altitude of FL410. While the company didn’t provide a certification date, it lists “production availability” in the first quarter of 2010, almost two years earlier than the four-seat Eclipse 400 jet single. Stratos had a low-key exhibit in May at EBACE but will have a higher profile later this month at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.