Maule is once again expanding their list of available options. In addition to the new M-4 models we wrote about last week, they have just received FAA approval for two new versions of their M-9 four- (or five minus baggage) seater. The original M-9-235 Fuel Injected (Maule’s name for the model) was approved in 2012.
The first new model is the 235hp M-9-235 Carbureted. Like the rest of the Maule line, takeoff and landing performance fall right into the STOL category: 791 feet and 900 feet respectively for hurdling a 50-foot obstacle at max gross (2,800 pounds). The carbureted version burns 11gph and has an average range of 800 nm.
The second newcomer is the M-9-260. Like the original, it’s fuel injected, though it ups the horsepower from 235 to 260. There is a corresponding reduction in takeoff distance, slightly increased cruise speed (141 kts), and fuel burn goes up to 14gph. Average range is reduced to 695 nm.
Both versions have a useful load of right around 1,100 pounds and a 42 cubic foot cargo area if you take out the back seats. The 235 Carbureted and the 260 share the original model’s 85-gallon fuel capacity and the option for a fifth seat. Construction is tube-and-fabric with metal wings and heavy-duty aluminum spring gear. Avionics are primarily analog except for the JPI EDM-900 glass engine display.
Learn more at Maule Air.