B&CA Performance Comparisons
Comparing aircraft is not simple! There is little consistency from one manufacturer's brochure to the next. It is no surprise that manufacturers seek to present their own performance in the best possible light and that the particular light chosen is unlikely to show the best side of their competitors. In their attempts to make the best comparison, some manufacturers list Range Map with IFR reserves and some with VFR reserves. Some list performance with two people on board at economic cruise speeds, and some with full payload at maximum cruise speeds. There is no agreement on a "Standard" person: Some manufacturers quote their range with passengers weighing 170 lbs, with baggage… Similarly, mentioning fuel burn without referring to speed can lead to confusion as lowering the speed reduces the fuel burn.
In presenting the Stratos 714 performance data, we have endeavored to avoid such temptations and to present our performance data in as unbiased a fashion as possible. The nearest to an accepted common standard for direct comparison of aircraft performance data is that used in the Purchase Planning Handbook issued every year by Business and Commercial Aviation Magazine. This sets a common format for presenting data and a common set of missions to be used in performing comparisons.