My Airplane

My airplane is a 1986 Maule MX-7-180 based in Western North Carolina. I purchased it in 1998 and I've flown it about 1,500 hours in the last 19 years. This model Maule is comparable to the MX-7-180B currently manufactured by Maule Air Inc. in Moultrie GA. Some of the custom features of this airplane are: 31” Alaskan Bushwheels, Cleveland wheel conversion kit with dual-puck brakes, flexible stainless steel brake lines, heavy duty standard length Alaskan Bushwheels main gear legs, Alaskan Bushwheels 3224A tail wheel, Micro AeroDynamics vortex generators, lift rings, dual tail struts, front seat observer doors, new style Maule door and window latches, gas struts on front seat windows, new style fuel selector, 406/121.5 MHz ELT, rear seat/shoulder belts with inertial reels, and a quick release rear sling seat. Maule Flight completely rebuilt this airplane in 2010. A major overhaul was done on the engine and propeller governor in 2004 and a new propeller was installed. Recently, I installed an Appareo ESG ADS-B 1090ES transponder and Stratus 2i receiver. This system equips the airplane with ADS-B Out to meet the FAA's January 1, 2020 deadline as well as ADS-B In subscription-free weather (FIS-B) and traffic (TIS-B) using my iPad mini with Foreflight.


My airplane can take off and land in 500 - 700 feet depending on weight, density altitude, runway slope and wind. Here is a link to a performance table that I created based on my experience in different flying conditions over the last 19 years and standard FAA performance factors. Maule does not publish performance tables for their aircraft since there are so many model variations and optional features differ by airplane. Pilot experience and technique have a significant affect on takeoff and landing performance as well.

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