Stratos 716X conducts first flight

Stratos Aircraft has announced its Stratos 716X model (registration N716X) has made its first flight, lasting 22 minutes, the company said.

Stratos 716X is a six-place jet with generous space for baggage. The all-carbon airframe, single-engine jet is designed to cruise at 400 knots. The first flight was a full power takeoff and climb to 13,500 ft. A series of maneuvers were then conducted to evaluate handling characteristics. The flight is the first of an extensive flight test program that will span the next several months.

The 716X is 4.5 ft longer, and has a wider cabin, than the 714 Proof of Concept (PoC) aircraft introduced at Oshkosh in 2017. The all-carbon-fiber 716X features trailing link gear, is powered by a Pratt & Whitney JT15D-5 turbofan, and is configured with dual G3X screens, GTN 750 MFD, integrated Garmin Autopilot, dual standby attitude indicators, custom switch panels, fully automated pressurization system, and air conditioning. The Stratos 716X is a “multi-role” VLJ (Very Light Jet) designed to comfortably seat six people to support personal, business, and air taxi use.

The Stratos 716X will be offered as an experimental kit build aircraft while the 716 will be certified by the FAA for production.