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National Headquarters, Civil Air Patrol                          June 15, 2000


Maule aircraft to boost glider program

MAXWELL AFB, ALABAMA—At its meeting last month, Civil Air Patrol’s National Executive Commitee approved the purchase of 15 Maule MT-7-235 aircraft. The new planes will replace older planes in CAP’s fleet of 530 aircraft. The Maule aircraft primarily will be used to tow Civil Air Patrol gliders.

“The MT-7-235 will take CAP’s glider program to a higher level,” says Brig. Gen. James C. Bobick, CAP national commander. “The Maule aircraft are more suited to towing than the aircraft that currently make up our fleet.”

The MT-7-235 aircraft also will enhance CAP’s aerial search and rescue program and video imaging operations. The aircraft boasts features such as power outlets specifically tailored to CAP needs; a removable rear-window panel, allowing clear, unobstructed camera shots; and pilot and co-pilot windows that swing out and can remain so in flight up to 110 mph. These features make the aircraft well suited for service in CAP’s aerial imaging operations.

In addition, the Maule aircraft also provides excess power in mountainous conditions. Its skylight provides additional clearing and visibility during search and rescue flights. Observer doors and windows also provide excellent visibility for CAP searches.

“These aircraft perform well in high-density altitude conditions,” says Bobick. “Its increased rate of ascent will also increase safety for CAP pilots.”

The fuselage of the Maule aircraft has a truss made of 4130 Chromoly Steel. Ceconite covers the fuselage as well as the tail structures. The wings are made of aluminum. The aircraft’s firewall is made from stainless steel. The MT-7-235 can carry a useful mission load of up to 577 pounds. It has a fuel capacity of 73 gallons, with auxuliary tanks that can accomodate an additional 30 gallons, boosting the plane’s endurance to 6.6 flying hours. The aircraft can accomodate up to 250 pounds of baggage and has a cabin width of 42 inches. The MT-7-235 is covered with a urethane paint and equipped with pulse lights.

The IO-235 hp engine, allows a climb rate of 1,500 fpm, a cruising speed of 139 knots, and a service ceiling of 20,000 ft.

The Maule aircraft are a welcome addition to CAP’s growing glider training program for cadets. Since 1995, interest in the program has expanded from five states to nearly half of CAP’s 52 wings.

Civil Air Patrol’s glider track gives selected cadets, 14 and older, the opportunity to get in the cockpit of a sailplane. With a certified flight Instructor, students learn the basics of skillfully maneuvering a non-powered aircraft. They experience the quiet wonder of “thermalling” as they develop skills applicable to powered flight training. CAP offers the 10-day glider course as part of its National Flight Academy programs. This summer, glider encampments will take place in Georgia, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Utah. Throughout the year, CAP offers orientation flights to cadets across the country.


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