Aircraft Review

August 2013 Issue

Stemme S6RT: Aviation’s Crossover

A high-performance glider and a capable cross-country airplane rolled into an impressive recreational aircraft—at a high-end sports car price.

Attempting to combine two genres in one aeronautical vehicle requires compromises that have historically generated less than stellar results. The mating of airplanes and cars has, for generations, given us offspring that were eminently forgettable performers as airplanes or cars. Flying boats have proven a little better—although, on the water, they are fragile beings requiring great care and, in the air, pay a penalty in fuel burn, speed and payload for shoving the weight and shape of a boat hull through the sky.

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