Yes, and you should also practice the power off, flaps 40*, elevator all the way up to drop it in. Do some research before you try it in an approach.RWM wrote:Can you slip it with full flaps?
Door off one side only, apparently you don't want any wind through the cabin.RWM wrote:Can you fly it with both front doors off? Have you done it? POH says one off is ok up to 125 mph.
Mine had the elevator gap seals but no VG's when I bought it. The VG's make all the difference with this wing, and are a bargain at twice the price. Just do it, you won't be sorry. I bought mine from Alaska Bush wheel.RWM wrote:It doesn't have VGs or elevator gap seal. Is it worth the expense to do either or both? (There are times when I need all the STOL I can get)
I find shortest is to push the tail up, then pop the flaps to 40* and milk them back to 20* for Vx climb out. For me this works best in lower elevations and when light. When I'm heavy at 4000 ft + elevation strips in Idaho it seems to be counter productive and really "wallows" in ground effect a long way. So in those cases it's strictly meat and potatoes. Full throttle with correct mixture for DA, pick up the tail at about 40 mph, rotate at 60 mph and accelerate to Vx for climb out clear of trees +, then milk flaps to 0* and accelerate to Vy.RWM wrote:For shortest takeoff roll, push the tail up, or come off in 3 point? (firm surface)
I cruise my IO-360 at 23 squared, and that gives me a real fuel burn of 10 gph. I use the fuel flow gauge more than my EGT and lean it out to 9 gph on my fuel flow gauge, and that equates to about 10 gph. (don't lean too much, replacing jugs is expensive). After flying almost 200 hours this year my compressions were actually better than last year. I also went from running aeroshell 15w50 to strait weight oils in order to save my starter drive $$$$. There is an additive in the multi-grade oils that causes the starter drive to slip.
They install elevator gap seals on the new M-4s so I would assume they are now part of the equipment list. Anyway my M-4 gets me everywhere I want to go with lots of gear too. Check out the gravel bars on the New Brazos River near Mineral Springs, Texas.
PS: if you intend to do much off field stuff, I'd recommend buying the heavy duty Maule gear from Alaska Bushwheel. It isn't cheap, but much better than collapsed gear and your prop in the dirt.
shortfielder wrote:Hey Ross
That's pretty respectable. What were you flying before you got the M4?
What are you getting for a true speed @23 squared?
iceman wrote:I'm about the same... 120 -125 at 24 squared and I too have 29 11 10's on as of about 2 months ago and I'm having a ball with them even though they cost me about 10 MPH cruise... I have VG"s and gap seals which I put on but the VG's were on when I bought the plane years ago... I sold a Tripacer to get it and I put VG's on the tripacer which was one of the best things I did to that plane... so I would venture a guess that the VG's on our Maules are worth every penny as are the gap seals...I can't address the door off stuff cause I never had occasion to want the doors off...if you go for the gap seals let me know as many guys have had problems putting them on and sticking in the wrong places etc... I learned a couple of tricks to get it right the first time...mine have been on for 8 years. I have my back seat out also which makes the plane a little lighter but it's out for cargo room when I go camping and I've had it out since I brought the plane home.. If you do that too make sure you get a W & B done for the rear seat out and keep it in the plane. minor point but important... best and shortest take off method is full power , no flaps, raise the tail as soon as it will come off, then yank full flaps... it'll leap off the ground...then slowly bleed off flaps as you gain speed...do you have the 20/40 degree flap STC and mod... it will help...I have the stock Maule gear but that will change soon when I get the ABW heavy duty gear...and maybe the Maule Bush tail wheel...Yellow Maule in Alaska has our M4 with IO 360 also and he's a good authority.. He once told me to fly it hard and don't baby the engine so I fly it full out most of the time. I know that's not conducive to gas mileage but balls to the wall is how I've been flying it and it hasn't had so much as a hicup in the years I've owned it...as for load carrying... I've loaded the back floor to ceiling back bulkhead to back of my seat with over 200 lbs of camping gear and it's no problem...great little plane....
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