With the ability to takeoff and land almost anywhere in less than 150 meters, Maule airplanes can do nearly everything a light helicopter can do at a fraction of the cost.  Factor in reduced pilot training and insurance costs along with reduced maintenance down-time and the Maule M and MX airplanes gain an even greater economic advantage.
  Maule M-7-235B Robinson R44 Bell 206B
Acquisition Cost, China, CNY 2,570,000 5,000,000 17,600,000
Nunber of Seats 4-5 4 5
Useful Load kg 406 452 676
Payload-Full Standard Fuel kg 207 368 570
Payload-Optional Fuel kg N/A 318 N/A
Range-Maximum/Standard Fuel¹ km 1,500 326 532
Range-Maximum/Optional Fuel¹ km N/A 579 N/A
Takeoff Distance, Sea Level, ISA, Max Weight (meters) 91 N/A N/A
Landing Distance, Sea Level, ISA, Max Weight meters 100 N/A N/A
Cruise Speed km/hr 260 194 194
Direct Operating Cost/hr, CNY² 649 1,156 2,176
Automobile Fuel STC Available YES NO Jet Fuel
Notes
Prices subject to change without notice 
¹ 70% power; no wind; 30-minute fuel reserve
² Includes fuel @ 8rmb/ltr; oil; and hourly reserves for overhaul and scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and inspections