Tue, Dec 20, 2011
Nestled among the multi-million-dollar business jets and
high-performance turboprops at the NBAA static display in Las Vegas
in October was something a little unusual... a motorglider.
Alexander Papenberg, CEO of Stemme USA, was showing off the
Stemme S10-VT at NBAA for a simple reason. "Lots of corporate
pilots fly from A to B IFR during the workday, and on weekends they
want to fly a real airplane. They come here, they look at it, and
fall in love."
And, Papenberg says, "it goes like hell. 140 knots at 10,000
feet on five gallons of gas ... and you can use mogas," he said.
But the real beauty of the airplane is when you shut off the
engine, close the nose dome, and become a high-performance glider
with a 50-1 glide ratio.
The airplane will come off the ground in 675 feet and climb at
750 fpm. Along with the 140 powered cruise speed, the airplane
"plays" as a glider between 90 and 145 knots. The Stemme easily
makes the conversion between powered airplane and glider in flight.
Papenberg says that it should be very familiar to anyone who is
accustomed to flying a high-performance single.
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