Stratos Aircraft officials say the Bend, Oregon-based company will conduct wind tunnel testing of the Stratos 714 in April or May of this year. Design and construction of the wind tunnel model has begun and tests will be conducted over a five- to 10-day period.
The purpose of the wind tunnel testing is to verify that extensive computational fluid dynamics (CFD) studies confirm aircraft performance projections. To achieve this, Stratos will build a 1/8th scale model of the 714. “Among other things, the tests will give us valuable data on lift and drag for the wing and fuselage along with a number of parameters to verify stability and control,” said Alexander Craig, CEO of Stratos. “From the wind tunnel results, we’ll be able to refine the profile of the Stratos 714, if needed, in anticipation of building the prototype aircraft.”
The Stratos 714 is a single engine Very Light Personal Jet (VLPJ) capable of carrying four to five people to FL 410 with cruise speeds of over 400 knots and having a range of 1,500 nautical miles (with NBAA reserves), company officials said.
The 714 will feature side-stick controls, a glass cockpit, and fully integrated autopilot.
Stratos Aircraft is now accepting $10,000 deposits on 714 delivery positions. Deposit money is escrowed in interest-bearing accounts and can be retrieved at any time, said officials with the company, which is is still seeking investors and expects to have two flying prototype aircraft within the next two years.
For more information: StratosAircraft.com or 541-330-0714.