Maule Air certifies heavy hauler
Maule Air certified in March its new M-9-235 with a maximum gross weight of 2,800 pounds, 300 pounds heavier than any tailwheel Maule previously certified. The 235-horsepower hauler has a payload, if you want to carry all 85 gallons of fuel, of 590 pounds. It still takes off in 800 feet over a 50-foot obstacle. The aircraft, shown in the photo, has a claimed cruise of 137 knots true airspeed.
In honor of the company’s fiftieth anniversary, the first M-9 off the line carries red and black stripes in honor of the company logo, a gold strip for Maule’s golden anniversary, and a red leather interior. The late B.D. Maule, company founder, loved the color red.
The company has operated continuously all 50 years despite the numerous economic downturns during that time.
Also in keeping with the anniversary, the company placed into production once again the Maule M-4-180V Jetasen II model, the first model Maule offered in large quantities. The two-place aircraft, powered by a 180-hp engine, has a claimed cruise of 120 knots true airspeed.
April 4, 2012