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Stratos Aircraft Stratos 714
 
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The existence of the Stratos 714 project was announced on 16 July 2008 by Stratos Aircraft of Redmond, Oregon and a cabin mock-up was shown at AirVenture in July 2009. At that time the company predicted the jet would sell for about US$2M. The company was seeking US$12M to build two prototypes and a further US$100M to complete certification and commence production. In November 2016 the company indicated it had no firm schedule for certification.
 
The company was accepting refundable customer deposits of US$50,000 to be held in interest-bearing escrow in 2009. The first deposit was made by Cascade Air Charter, of Bend, Oregon in October 2009.
 
The aircraft features a cantilever low-wing with winglets, a cruciform tail, a four-seat cabin pressurized to 10.0 psi (69 kPa), retractable tricycle landing gear and a single Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5 jet engine. The airframe is made predominately from carbon fiber reinforced polymer. Initial design goals included a 400 kn (741 km/h) cruise speed and 1,500 nmi (2,778 km) range, with NBAA IFR reserves.
 
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First flight of a proof of concept aircraft, registered N403KT, was achieved on 21 November 2016. The initial flight of the 714 was limited to 128 knots and 3,700 feet agl with the gear extended and flaps at 24 degrees.
 
The company intended to make a public introduction of this aircraft at AirVenture in July 2017. The test pilots logged 52 hours on 33 flights. The aircraft topped out at 320 ktas and 17,000 feet, with a max test weight of 8,300 pounds.
 
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In February 2017 prototype flight testing continued. The company did not have the funding to complete certification, and was no longer accepting deposits from customers. Stratos CEO Michael Lemaire indicated at that time, "we are privately funded for the prototype phase, during which we are planning to explore the full flight envelope and draw conclusions for the certification stage. We are not yet funded for the certification phase. At present, we have no plan to take deposits towards deliveries, which are still many years away."
 
 
Stratos 714
Engine: 1 × Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-5, 2,900 lbf (13 kN) thrust
Wingspan: 40.5 ft (12.3 m)
Length: 35.8 ft (10.9 m)
Height: 9.8 ft (3.0 m)
Empty weight: 4,367 lb (1,981 kg)
Gross weight: 7,213 lb (3,272 kg) maximum take-off weight
Fuel capacity: 2,605 lb (1,182 kg)
Maximum speed: Mach 0.7
Cruise speed: 415 kn (478 mph; 769 km/h)
Stall speed: 63 kn (72 mph; 117 km/h)
Range: 1,500 nmi (1,726 mi; 2,778 km) with NBAA IFR reserves
Service ceiling: 41,000 ft (12,000 m)
Time to altitude: 17 minutes to FL370
Crew: one
Capacity: three passengers
 
 
 
 


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