Since the airplane’s last appearance at EAA AirVenture, the first prototype has logged 80 hours of flight testing in 44 flights. So far, the prototype has reached 320 knots at 18,000 feet msl. Target cruise speed is set at 400 knots, and current testing is aimed at verifying it.
Stratos CEO Michael Lemaire said that construction has begun on a new, 13,000-square-foot composites facility at the company’s Redmond, Oregon, headquarters. When completed, the company will have doubled its factory space.
The Stratos 714 is configured to seat four to six and fly as far as 1,200 to 1,600 nautical miles.
Thomas A. Horne
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.