The majority of the Stratos 714 airframe incorporates state of the art carbon fiber composites. While development costs for early composite aircraft were high, the industry has refined this technology over the last two decades to such an extent that manufacturers can now incorporate composites in their airframe designs at reasonable cost. Composites offer a variety of advantages over aluminum construction, including:
• The strength-to-weight ratio benefits of advanced composite materials translates to weight savings.
• Composite airframes do not corrode.
• Composites support design shapes with compound curvature resulting in optimization and less drag.