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Old 10-17-2021, 11:25 AM
Bcone1381 Bcone1381 is offline
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Originally Posted by smokyray View Post

Maule M-5-180C -GW Performance Data

Horsepower: 180 Gross Weight: 2300 lbs
Top Speed: 157 kts Empty Weight: 1300 lbs
Cruise Speed: 136 kts Fuel Capacity: 40 gal (65 with Aux tanks)
Stall Speed (dirty): 33 kts Range: 525 nm

Are you saying a 180 hp Maule will cruise at 157kts?
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Old 10-17-2021, 01:04 PM
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He's saying it will cruise at 136 knots, Top speed 157 knots.
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Old 10-17-2021, 02:53 PM
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Originally Posted by D Weisgerber View Post
He's saying it will cruise at 136 knots, Top speed 157 knots.
I checked the Maule website and the stated speeds should be in MPH, not knots. So 136 mph cruise & 157 mph top speed. (At least for the new 180 hp models)

BTW. I quite like Maules. I thought about getting one before I got into the world of RV’s.
Rick Aronow,
Flying 7A Slider;
Jacksonville, FL

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Old 10-18-2021, 01:26 PM
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Maules are basically Piper Pacers with larger engines. It's rare to cruise at book speed in 180hp Maules....more like 115 mph. They are cool in their own way
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Old 10-19-2021, 12:43 PM
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Default Speed or not

Yes, the book numbers vs real world on my M5 (like many airplanes except the F16) vary greatly. It took me 100 hours to get my RV4 up to Vans factory claims, but it was worth it.
My real world M5 cruising speed numbers with the 180/Hartzell, 700:6 tires and all fairings in place are:
135 mph (118 Knots) at 24-24 2500'’ 20/23 yields 120 mph/105 KTS. The really cool number is a 550’ takeoff roll at GW...

Recent trip to FL at 7500' with Grandkids, dog and gear I averaged 122 KTAS at 8.2 GPH. Not bad considering the 1000# load. Per the factory sticker on the VS, Maules were designed for STOL and that is where they excel.
Higher Cruise speed notwithstanding there are other attributes not discussed on this site as much that really matter in the more austere reaches of the world.

The RV15 with an 0-360 should exceed my M5s capabilities (I hope) for a similar size and weight. I’m certain Van has looked at several airplanes the M5 included for their design. It’s still a great airplane.

Recent discussion on the Maule forum on this very subject:

Great Video of an M5-180 in its element.

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Old 11-14-2021, 12:12 PM
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I have it on good authority the latest iteration of the 15 has morphed into this:
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