Stratos VLJ Development On Pace
The Stratos 714 VLJ (Very Light Jet) will be making its public debut at AirVenture 2017, as promised by company officials earlier this year. 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.” The 714 is designed to carry six people up to 1,200 NM at 400 knots, which, if realized, will make the Stratos 100 knots faster and slightly larger than the Cirrus Vision Jet—though the Cirrus has the considerable benefit of being for sale now.
Since the first flight in November 2016, the Stratos 714 has flown 37 times for flight testing and refinement. “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.” Fans attending Oshkosh can see the jet fly on Tuesday afternoon (scheduled for 2:45 p.m.) or visit the aircraft on static display at space 370 (between the Grand Entrance and Building D).