It’s true, Maule pilots do it on dirt, sand, gravel, grass or any straight stretch of open area at least 250 feet long. And they have more fun! Probably because of where they like to go or what they like to carry. Lonnie Messenger of Dallas bought his Maule M-7-260C to get away from it all. As he says, “My flying is totally recreational. I like to stay away from people, TFRs and stuff like that.”
Messenger’s day job is running a construction company in Dallas, arguably Texas’ busiest city, but his real love is flying. “I’m building a house and hangar on an airpark northeast of McKinney, Texas,” says Messenger. “We had always lived where my wife wanted and after 35 years, she decided it was okay to live where I wanted. This way, I’ll be closer to the airplanes and I can fly when I want to. The house will face the grass strip and have a pool, and our dogs will love it. I think we’re going to call it ‘Lime Green Acres,’ after the TV show.