I have opined before that the AOPA Medical Exemption proposal is lame, as it doesn't go far enough. Nevertheless, it does open up some possibilities, and I've been doing a bit of thinking about the options if would afford me. The conclusion I have come to when I consider the mix of "go anywhere ability," cruise speed, range, acceptability to the wife, cost vs. age, and plain (plane?) looks, is I should "just get a Maule." In my case, a 180 HP Maule.
I know there are a lot of Maule lovers and haters on this site. There have been the numerous discussions of why insurance is so high, are Maules hard to land, etc. I suspect most of the folks here have the higher horsepower variants. Anyone with real world experience in the 180 HP varieties.
A company I flew for back in the late 70s had a Maule but I never got checked out in it. I rode in the back seat once, on a turbulent, windy day where the idiot flying wouldn't climb over 1,500 feet to get out of the worst of it. Four hours of moderate to severe turbulence - the experience was kind of like going over Niagara Falls in a clothes hamper. Not, to say the least, a great first impression, but more a function of the conditions and the pilot, I should think.
So, what's the straight skinny on these airplanes - They seem bargain priced and while that's great from an affordability standpoint, I'm well aware you get what you pay for. Any thoughts or words of wisdom from either the love 'em or hate 'em camp is appreciated.