Maule Air

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Maule Air
Private
Industry Aviation
Founded 1941
Headquarters Moultrie, Georgia, USA
Products Aircraft
Number of employees
36
Website mauleairinc.com

Maule Air, Inc. is a manufacturer of light, single-engined, short take-off and landing (STOL) aircraft, based in Moultrie, Georgia, USA. The company delivered 2,500 aircraft in its first 50 years of business.

History[edit]

Belford D. Maule (1911–1995) designed his first aircraft, the M-1 starting at age 19. He founded the company Mechanical Products Co. in Jackson, Michigan to market his own starter design. In 1941 the B.D. Maule Co. was founded,[1] and Maule produced tailwheels and fabric testers. In 1953 he began design work, and started aircraft production with the "Bee-Dee" M-4 in 1957.[2]

The company is a family-owned enterprise. Its owner, June Maule, widow of B. D. Maule, remained directly involved with factory production until her death in 2009 at the age of 92.[3]

Products[edit]

The aircraft produced by Maule Air are tube-and-fabric designs and are popular with bush pilots,[citation needed] thanks to their very low stall speed, their tundra tires and oleo strut landing gear. Most Maules are built with tailwheel or amphibious configurations, although the newer MXT models have tricycle gear.

Aircraft models[edit]

Model Wingspan Engine Gross weight Vso VLD
M4-210 29'8" 210 HP Continental 2300 lbs 28 MPH 145 MPH
M4-220 220 HP Franklin
M-5-180C 30'10" 180 HP Lycoming Carb 2400 lbs 38 MPH 135 MPH
M-5-200C 200 HP Lycoming Injected 2500 lbs 38 MPH 140 MPH
M-5-210TC 210 HP Lycoming Turbo 2500 lbs 38 mph 196 mph
M-5-210C 210 HP Continental Injected 2500 lbs 38 mph 145 mph
M-5-235C 235 HP Lycoming carb 2500 lbs 38 mph 158 mph
M-5-235C 235 HP Lycoming injected 2500 lbs 39 mph 158 mph
M-6-235 32' 11" 235 HP Lycoming O-540-J1A5D 2500 lbs 35 mph 160 mph
M-6-235 235 HP Lycoming IO-540-W1A5D
M-7 33' 6" 235 HP Lycoming IO-540-W
M-9 230 HP SMA SR305 Diesel

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ General Aviation News. 8 July 2011.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ experimenter. November 1957.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Marsh, Alton K. (30 October 2009). "Matriarch of Maule Air dies at 92". Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Retrieved 28 November 2009. 

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