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A geologist’s wish list aircraft for short field trips—Maule’s M-7/MX-7

12 October 2016

Studying geology requires not only books and mentors but travel as well. One has to see the subtlety, the differences, the similarities and out-and-out fascination from outcrop to outcrop. Some places are well within civilization and some are not. Some are well inland in arid regions, some on or near water, some low and some high. Always, there is the need for equipment, food, camping and kitchen gear. Usually, the geologist comes back weighing more than when going in, since rock samples are heavy (these are the times we wish we loved flowers or moss instead of rocks).

For short trips it would be hard to travel better than in a Maule Air M-7/MX-7. Powerful engine and light weight for STOL performance with decent range as well as speed. Able to carry two with gear or four with some gear, amphibious floats or oleo struts (for rough fields) it is a fabric over tube frame construction. When lightly loaded it can begin a climb like a rocket coming out of the hangar. Five position flaps and purpose-built wing tips enable extremely slow speed under control handling characteristics.

 

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M-7 on the beach—image by Paul Harding/Safari Seaplanes provided by Maule Air

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M-7 on the beach—image by Paul Harding/Safari Seaplanes provided by Maule Air

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MX-7 on the ground (note the added clear panels in the door)—image by Brent Maule provided by Maule Air

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M-7 Maule at the field in one of the many available colors—image by Brent Maule provided by Maule Air

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