Here's one for all the Maule Bashers:
-1100lb useful load
-Over a 50' obstacle in 800'
Is there a 235 hp or less, certified, stock airplane out there that will beat this? I thought maybe a 180, but not according to any of the numbers I've seen. .........
Maule had a history in the old days of overly enthusiastic performance claims for their products-- as I recall they claimed a 180 mph top speed for their M4-145.
Per the Maule spec sheet webpage, this new M9 weighs in at around 1700# empty with a 235 horse engine &165 sq ft of wing area. An average early C180 weighs in at around the same or less, with 225 horsepower & 175 sq ft of wing-- about 4% less hp & 6% more wing, which probably kinda cancel out each other. So unless Maule builds in some special kinda magic, I can't see how the M9 is gonna really be any improvement in performance over the old benchmark Cessna 180. However, the M9 does have a higher gross by 250# & 25 gallons more fuel capacity than a stock early 180, which could be pretty significent differences depending on mission.
The AOPA article mentions that Maule will be putting the M4-180 2 seat model back into production. This is pretty good news. I don't really understand why they didn't sell more of them when that model was introduced a few years ago at around $100-110K, comparable to the Husky & Top Cub but quite a bit less money. A lot of people (like myself) prefer side-by-side seating, too. I see Maule now sez prices start at $158,900--quite an increase over the original (re)introduction in 2005. What's a Top Cub or Husky cost these days?