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 1,800 hours in the last 21 years. This model Maule is comparable to the MX-7-180B currently manufactured by Maule Air Inc. in Moultrie GA. 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.

Features Avionics & Instruments Specifications
  • 30 foot 10 inch wing
  • Four cylinder 180 hp Lycoming O-360-C1F carbureted engine
  • 70-gallon fuel tanks (40 main, 30 auxiliary)
  • Constant speed metal Hartzell 76 inch propeller
  • Oleo struts
  • Heavy duty standard length Alaskan Bushwheels main gear legs
  • 31" Alaskan Bushwheels tundra tires
  • Cleveland wheel conversion kit with dual-puck brakes
  • Flexible stainless steel brake lines
  • Alaskan Bushwheels tail wheel leaf spring
  • Alaskan Bushwheels ABI-3224A tail wheel
  • Micro AeroDynamics vortex generators
  • Wing top lift rings
  • Floatplane rear attach points welded to frame
  • Dual tail struts
  • Front seat observer doors
  • New style 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
  • Quick release rear sling seat
  • King KMA 24 audio panel
  • Garmin GTN 650 GPS/NAV/COM
  • Garmin GI 106B CDI
  • King KX 155 NAV/COM
  • King KI 209 CDI
  • Appareo ESG/Stratus 2i ADS-B Out/In transponder
  • JPI EDM800 engine analyzer
  • Flightcom DVR 300i Digital Voice Recorder Clock
  • Sigma Tek Airspeed Indicator
  • United Instrument Altimeter
  • Airpath Compass
  • Sigtronics SPA-400 intercom
  • EDO-Aire 23-501-06-9 Attitude Indicator
  • RC Allen RCA26 Electric Attitude Indicator
  • EDO-Aire EA-140-3Z VSI
  • Astronautics 303770-113MSN Turn and Bank Indicator
  • Analog Clock
  • 2,500 pound maximum gross weight
  • 1,460 pound empty weight
  • 1,040 pound useful load
  • 12,500 foot MSL service ceiling
  • Takeoff distance 600 feet
  • Climb rate 800 feet per minute
  • Fuel consumption 9.5 gallons per hour
  • Cruise speed 95 mph
  • Endurance 6 hours 30 minutes
  • Landing distance 500 feet


My airplane can take off and land in 500 - 700 feet depending on weight, density altitude, runway slope and wind. 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. Here are files that convert pressure altitude to density altitude, show engine performance at various density altitudes and show performance for my Maule based on my experience. The performance chart includes standard FAA extrapolations outside my normal performance envelope.


Front seat
Rear seat
Baggage compartment with sling seat removed
Cabin Creek (I08), ID
Me and my Maule at Cabin Creek ID