Proposed jet rises from drawing board
On paper it looks great, and principals of Stratos Aircraft Inc. are confident their calculations for a new single-engine Stratos 714 very light jet can be met.
Performance promises include: 410 knots true airspeed on a single jet engine, four people and their baggage, an NBAA IFR range of 1,500 nautical miles. The cost is to be $2 million.
Stratos engineer Carsten Sundin, formerly an aircraft engineer for Lancair and Epic Aircraft, expects the Stratos 714 can fly three to four years after final funding is arranged. While he was not at liberty to say much under Securities and Exchange Commission rules, early funding has come from cofounder Michael Lemaire, a French citizen who spends most of his time in India as a copartner in a company designing cars, boats, and airplanes. He is also a Lancair kit builder, which is how he met Sundin when Sundin was Lancair’s only engineer (the company now has four).
As of yet there is no mock-up of the aircraft, although there is a scale model. The aircraft is to be owner flown, explaining why Stratos officials call it a very light personal jet. Stratos Aircraft first announced the new jet in Europe in May.
July 17, 2008