Stratos Aircraft Plans New VLJ
Despite the glum economy another new manufacturer has announced plans to enter the Very Light Jet market. The Stratos Aircraft is based out of Bend, Oregon. Its Stratos 714 will fill be able to transport four people and their baggage 1,500 nautical miles, at a speed of 400 knots.
The composite-bodied aircraft will be powered by a centerline-thrust FADEC-controlled Williams FJ44-3AP turbofan which produces 3,030 pounds of thrust at sea level. The company's goal is to create an aircraft that is affordable to own and operate. The company is planning a 2010 production date.