This 2005 Maule M-4-180V Is ‘AircraftForSale’ Top Pick for Short-Field Flyers

Maule’s high-wing taildraggers are known for their backcountry capability.

Like other Maules, the M-4-180V is a capable short-field machine. [Courtesy: Paul Sehorne]

Each day, the team at Aircraft For Sale picks an airplane that catches our attention because it is unique, represents a good deal, or has other interesting qualities. You can read Aircraft For Sale: Today’s Top Pick at daily.

Maule aircraft have been flying STOL missions since long before the practice “became a thing,” as my kids would say. And while there are numerous aircraft that can take off and land in a reasonably short distance, many pilots consider Maules among the best for getting in and out of tight spots. When you roll up to the self-serve fuel pumps in a Maule taildragger, people will assume that you are serious. The kids call that a “flex.”

Company founder Bedford D. Maule performed perhaps the ultimate flex by taking off inside a hangar and flying out through the open door. We do not advise trying such stunts with this M-4, but you can be sure this machine was designed to transport you and your gear to interesting places that are not necessarily airports.

This 2005 Maule M-4 has 575 hours on the airframe and 180 hp Lycoming O-360-engine. The panel includes a Garmin 250XL nav/com, Garmin GTX 327 transponder, and uAvionics SkyBeacon ADS-B.

If your airborne travel plans include short-field and backcountry operations, camping, and other outdoor activities, you should take a look at this 2005 Maule M-4-180V, which is available for $114,500 on AircraftForSale.

You can arrange financing of the aircraft through FLYING Finance. For more information, email

Jonathan Welsh is a private pilot who worked as a reporter, editor and columnist with the Wall Street Journal for 21 years, mostly covering the auto industry. His passion for aviation began in childhood with balsa-wood gliders his aunt would buy for him at the corner store. Follow Jonathan on Twitter @JonathanWelsh4

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