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aero101
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 07, 2014 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think I read somewhere that TCDS had been pulled and inactive? One of the Maule Factory folks ought to be able to clarify if true or not?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 7:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

any date or news available??

anybody could call the factory and ask them?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 22, 2014 8:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The M-9 diesel is in limbo at this time. It's not entirely in mothballs, but I wouldn't be looking for one anytime soon. I'm sorry if this is kinda vague, but its all the info I have right now.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 10, 2014 4:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

are there any further news on the M9 diesel, any chance the engine can be retrofitted to the M7?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was a 2007 article: What ever happened to this particular aircraft? Is it still operational?

https://www.planeandpilotmag.com/article/diesel-maule-alternative-energy-for-the-boondocks/#.Wzw7Bq2ZOi4
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DeltaRomeo wrote:
This was a 2007 article: What ever happened to this particular aircraft? Is it still operational?

https://www.planeandpilotmag.com/article/diesel-maule-alternative-energy-for-the-boondocks/#.Wzw7Bq2ZOi4


Still registered to Maule Air with that same diesel engine.
Looking on flight aware, it's got a flight track from 2014, but it says the type aircraft is a Baron and it was cruising at 165kts. Makes me think ATC/pilot used the wrong registration.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 3:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I remember seeing the plane in the hangar at Maule Air.
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 2:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As of September 2017 the aircraft still resides at Maule. I have no other details


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't there talk of a turbine version? It would be really fun to fly a Maule with 400hp+ and a prop that would beta...
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Like this?

http://mauleairinc.com/pdf/flightmanuals/M-7-420AC.pdf
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 8:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Or this one

Maule M7-420

https://www.controller.com/listings/aircraft/for-sale/1330663/2001-maule-m7-420ac

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SavGKrFdS0A

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1zEdMoCJc8
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 05, 2018 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Think the SMA engine became a Continental engine. Fadec was handled differently by the two manufacturers. Think there was some waiting to see how things shook out. Also remember something about the feds wanting a god awful amount of testing for the diesel cowl. Don't know how far that got.


With that said it's interesting that Cessna has removed the diesel from their single engine line up. So what's that about.


Delivered a 182 with a SMA diesel halfway across the country last year. Worked great but hated the smell of kerosene and above about 8K thought the climb was lazy.
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2018 7:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, the Maule turbine is smelly too but goes like crazy!
Great performance IF you got the money.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The article write up was rather positive on it's performance; What happened as to why it never became an option? Legal stuff such as non compete clauses between SMA and Continental since they licensed the TD 300? With the pressure in the market to eliminate leaded gas (and avgas in general since it is considered a boutique product by fuel producers) it seems a diesel (jetA) option would be popular. The rest of the world is making it harder and harder to continue with avgas due to its shrinking availability in Canada, Europe, Africa, etc.
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