Stratos 714 Light Business Jet, United States of America

Stratos 714 is a single-engine light business jet designed and being developed by US-based Stratos Aircraft. The jet can fly from Miami to Seattle in seven hours using a single refuelling stop. Certification of the aircraft is planned in 2012, with service entry scheduled for 2013.

The wind tunnel tests on Stratos 714 were carried out at the University of Washington Kirsten Wind Tunnel in August 2011.

Aerodynamic design and development of the single-engine light business jet

"Wind tunnel tests on Stratos 714 were carried out at the University of Washington Kirsten Wind Tunnel in August 2011."

The sleek and aerodynamic design of the Stratos 714 will achieve more fuel efficiency compared to conventional business jets. Its airframe is being built with advanced carbon-fibre composite materials to improve the strength-to-weight ratio, avoid corrosion and optimise drag during flight.

The aircraft has been designed to maintain extensive laminar flow in the cruise speeds. It can operate both day and night from unprepared airstrips and grass runways.

The development programme for Stratos 714 was launched in December 2006. The aircraft was first unveiled at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) held in May 2008.

Its full size cabin mock-up was showcased at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in July 2009. The tail design was unveiled in January 2011.

Features and cabin of the Stratos 714

The Stratos 714 will feature a low wing monoplane design. It will be fitted with side stick flight controls, removable winglets, a detachable horizontal stabiliser, fuel systems, electrical systems, an environmental control system and fuel management system. The aircraft will be built adhering to the FAR 23 regulations for visual flight rules (VFR), international flight rules (IFR) and reduced vertical separation minimum (RVSM).

The pressurised cabin of the Stratos 714 will measure 2.9m long, 1.43m wide and 1.46m high. It will accommodate two passengers providing 0.76m of leg space. The cabin will provide in-flight access to the 160 cubic feet of available volume in two external baggage compartments.

It will be built in six different configurations, which include standard four seating, club seating, five seating, training, potty and cargo. The five-seat model will feature the fifth seat behind the co-pilot's seat.

A 0.6m wide and 1.2m high cabin door will be available on the left side for entry and exit of the passengers. It will be fitted with an emergency exit door on the right side of the fuselage section.

The cabin will be equipped with an air conditioning system, ice protection system, interior LED lights, reading lights for the rear seat, plus front and rear baggage compartment lights.

Avionics and engines installed on Stratos Aircraft's jet

The avionics suite installed on the Stratos 714 will include an attitude and heading reference system, colour weather radar, wide area augmentation system, flight data recorder, terrain awareness and warning system, mode S transponder, air data computer, dual VHF radios, voice over recorder, autopilot and emergency locator transmitter.

"Its full cabin mock-up was showcased at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in 2009. The tail design was unveiled in 2011."

The glass cockpit of the aircraft will be integrated with two primary flight displays and a single multifunctional display in order to exhibit data related to navigation, flight instrumentation, fuel and the engine to the flight crew.

The Stratos 714 will be powered by a single Williams International FJ44-3AP two-shaft turbofan engine rated at 13.5kN of thrust. The engine is mounted at the aft of the cabin to produce high thrust-to-weight ratio and minimise fuel consumption and operating costs.

The FADEC compatible engine is equipped with a single-stage fan with integral single-stage low pressure axial compressor, annular combustor and single-stage high-pressure, as well as two-stage low pressure turbines.

The engine is 1.58m long and 0.58m in diameter. Its dry weight is 239kg. The time between overhaul (TBO) is 4,000 hours.

Landing gear and performance of the Stratos 714 light business jet

The retractable tricycle type undercarriage of the Stratos 714 will be hydraulically actuated by a gear switch. It will be fitted with a single-wheeled nose gear and two main gear legs. The main gear will retract into wings while the nose gear will resile into the forward fuselage upon its take-off.

The Stratos 714 can fly at a maximum speed of 769km/h. Its stall speed is 117km/h. The maximum range and service ceiling of the aircraft are 2,779km and 12,500m respectively. The take-off distance is 600m and the landing distance is 683m.