Stratos 714 makes public debut at Oshkosh AirVenture
The Stratos 714 will be shown for the first time at the Oshkosh AirVenture, July 24–30. The freshly painted and upholstered prototype will be on display all week near the southwest corner of Boeing Plaza.
It is also scheduled for an in-flight demonstration on Tuesday, July 25, at 2:45 PM. Stratos Aircraft is hosting an exhibit booth between the Grand Entrance and Building D, at space 370.
Since the first flight, on Nov. 21 last year, the aircraft has flown 37 times. The Stratos 714 is a “multi-role” VLJ. It is designed to support personal, business and air taxi use. Seating six people, it can travel 1,200 NM at 400 knots. With a lighter cabin load, it can extend cross country legs up to 1,600 NM.
“We have been very pleased with the results of the initial flight test program,” said Stratos CEO Michael Lemaire. “We were able refine the flight controls, improving the feel, and the pilots who have flown the aircraft have given us great feedback.”
The Stratos 714 has the highest thrust to weight ration of any VLJ and this results in excellent take-off performance. Factory test pilot Sean Van Hatten said: “The takeoff is really an event in this airplane. When you reach rotation speed, the airplane simply levitates off the ground.”
Carsten Sundin, the CTO and Chief Designer said: “It has been a long road, with extensive designs and tests. The time invested has resulted in a true business jet performance that is within reach of an owner-operator for the first time. We have taken a methodical approach in the design and we anticipate only minor design changes will occur in the certification process. Parallel to the design effort, we have built a solid foundation to support certification and production. This includes production-quality tooling, parts traceability, costing systems, and facilities infrastructure.
Stratos is not taking deposits until closer to certification.