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Monday, July 21, 2008

New VLJ – Stratos 714

Bend, Ore-based Stratos Aircraft announced it will develop called the ultimate personal jet last week. The announcement of the new $2 million bird, expected to hit the market in the first quarter of 2010, comes a little more than a week before next week’s EAA Air Venture at Oshkosh and ushers in yet another new classification of general aviation aircraft. The company, which will have a booth at the Air Venture, which runs from July 28 through August 3, coined the term Very Light Personal Jet (VLPJ).
"No other aircraft, certified or announced, can claim to achieve the speed, range and utility that make the Stratos 714 a practical, owner-flown Very Light Personal Jet (VLPJ)," said the company in making the announcement. First deliveries, if the aircraft comes in on time, will beat both the single-engine Eclipse 400 and the Cirrus Vision SJ50 now in flight tests. Cirrus said that its first delivery is not expected until 2011.
The Stratos 714 will carry four passengers and baggage with a range of 1,500 nm at 400 knots or two passengers and baggage 2,000 nm. The proposed aircraft is aimed at the piston community wanting higher capabilities in avionics and performance as well as those who already fly jets but who want to transition to a smaller bird to avoid the rising costs of larger jet operations.
The Stratos 714 will be a composite aircraft, appropriate given the long history of composite innovation and manufacture in the area in which it is based, and will be powered by the a single Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan affording over 3,000 pounds of thrust for the 7,000-pound max gross weight aircraft.
The company is headed by Carsten Sundin, an aerospace engineer, who joined with entrepreneur Michael Lamaire to found Stratos. Their goal was to build a new four-seat jet with greater speed, range and weather capabilities than are currently available on the market. It will have the latest in advanced avionics, flight management systems and flight-into-known-icing-functionality.
In addition to range and speed, capabilities include maintaining a sea-level cabin altitude at 25,000 fleet and 6,000-foot altitude at its max ceiling of 41,000 feet.
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