Well I have had my mind made up when the house sells I am getting a Maule.
It's price. STOL, the 3rd door and it should hold 2 with gear comfortable,got to love the door and window views, did I mention the price?
Well while running around Anchorage the other day I ran into a man who say's naw you don't want a Maule, what you want is a 180, Cessna from what I gathered. He went on to tell me the cables in the Maule are the same as a lawnmower, it's built in a garage and so on and that I would be much better off with the 180.
Well he handed me his card and say's when your ready to buy give him a call as he knows most of the aircraft in the area for sale and that he could check one out for me before purchase.
Won't mention his name but his card say's CFI,A&I and IA.
He seemed to be a knowledgeable fellow so of course I have been looking around on different forums and such, found this seems to be a debate on other sites.
Apart from the Maule being fabric, less expensive and some say the 180 flys a better when loaded, i can't see much of a difference.
Am I missing something substantial here?
I am pretty much looking for a pick up truck in the air kind of plane to eventually do some lake hopping or off runway landings for the wife and I to do some back country adventures and of course hunting and fishing.
So what gives? did I just meet a guy who has had bad experiances with this aircraft as he wasn't trying to sell me anything, just insisted I would like a 180 better.
It's my thinking I would like the extra 20K or more in my pocket for what seems like minor sacrifices.