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Ray Maule, son of Maule Air's founder, has diedRay Maule, son of Maule Air's founder, has died

Ray Maule, eldest son of Maule Air founder B.D. Maule and June Maule, and one of numerous family members who worked at the company aircraft manufacturing factory in Moultrie, Georgia, died Jan. 7. He was 83.

Ray Maule

Maule was born Oct. 24, 1934, in Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania. He was a U.S. Army veteran, and “had an aviation career that spanned more than 7 decades. He flew more than 30,000 hours in this time and trained countless pilots,” said a message posted on Facebook by Maule Air.

He was the founder of Maule Flight, a factory-authorized dealership and pilot services company located near Maule Air at Spence Airport in Moultrie, providing training for pilots in Maule aircraft, the highly regarded and specialized high-wing, short-takeoff-and-landing aircraft manufactured in tailwheel and nosewheel configurations.

In this 2012 AOPA Live video, Ray and his son Brent Maule shared a bit of Maule Air history as the company celebrated 50 years in continuous production.

Maule is survived by his wife, Rautgunde Fischer Maule of Moultrie; two daughters, Susan Maule of Media, Pa., and Michelle Wilkes and her husband, Kit, of Moultrie; son Brent, who has served as president of Maule Air since 2013, and his wife Paola of Moultrie; three grandchildren; a brother, David Maule of Moultrie; and a sister, Shirley Maule of Moultrie, according to an obituary published in a local newspaper.

A funeral service was scheduled for Jan. 11 in Moultrie.

Dan Namowitz

Dan Namowitz

Associate Editor Web
Associate Editor Web Dan Namowitz has been writing for AOPA in a variety of capacities since 1991. He has been a flight instructor since 1990 and is a 30-year AOPA member.
Topics: Pilots, Aviation Industry

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