Another company has launched a bid in the crowded single-engine jet field. Stratos Aircraft of Bend, Ore., has launched the Stratos 714, which it claims will outperform single-engine jets from Cirrus Design, Diamond Aircraft, Eclipse Aviation, Piper Aircraft and even most twin-engine very light jets.
This week at the Farnborough airshow, Cessna said its largest CitationJet, the CJ4, remains on schedule for FAA certification in the second half of next year and initial deliveries in 2010. The Wichita-based aircraft manufacturer continues to fly the CJ4 prototype while working toward first flight of its first two production CJ4s and the start of production later this year.
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.
Piper Aircraft in late May made it official that it is staying put in Vero Beach, Fla. Piper will receive a $32 million incentive package from the state and Indian River County–to be paid out over three years–in exchange for making the commitment to remain and grow in the county. Meanwhile, the PiperJet prototype appears poised to make an on-schedule first flight in the next two months as static testing winds down on the airplane.
Piper Aircraft said its PiperJet prototype is making progress, with the first engine start and run expected early this month. Last month, the Vero Beach, Fla.-based aircraft manufacturer finished all static load testing on the single-engine jet proof-of-concept airframe. The prototype has since been removed from the test fixture and is now standing on its own landing gear.
Piper Aircraft today said that the PiperJet proof of concept’s Williams FJ44-3AP engine was started and tested on June 19, describing the first on-ship run and subsequent operational tests as “flawless.” After the initial engine starts and operational checks were completed, the single-engine PiperJet moved forward under its own power for the first time.
Williams International today will formally unveil its latest and most powerful turbofan, the 3,000-lb-thrust FJ44-3, a pair of which will power Cessna’s new CJ3. Williams has flown a development version of the new turbofan, on a CJ2 testbed.
Cessna Aircraft is living up to its marketing tag line “Sure Thing” with the introduction yesterday afternoon of the Citation CJ3.
Piper Aircraft reports that its PiperJet prototype is making progress, with the first engine start and run to “occur shortly.” Earlier this month, the Vero Beach, Fla.-based aircraft manufacturer finished all static load testing on the single-engine jet proof-of-concept airframe. These tests consisted of applying normal loads (+3.8g to -1.5g) to the airframe.
Legendary aerobatic pilot Bob Hoover recently joined the flight testing and evaluation team for Sierra Industries’ FJ44 Eagle II, a retrofit of the Cessna Citation 501 with Williams International FJ44-2A fanjets.