The Maule MX-7-180 Star Rocket is a high-wing five-seated STOL aircraft.
However, five-seated is not really a pleasure for longer flights due to
the lack of space in the cabin of this taildragger. The Maule MX-7-180
flew first in 1993 and was a further development of the 1983 Maule M-7.
The Maule M-7 itself was evolved from the 1957 built Maule M-4 Bee Dee.
The MX-7 uses the same fuselage as the M-6, which is a modified M-5
fuselage but the same wing span as the M-5, and incorporates the
increased fuel tankage, hoerner style wing tip and five-position flaps
designed for the M-7. The Maule M7-series are built and developed by Maule Air Inc. in Moultrie, Georgia, USA. Next to
the fixed landing gear taildragger the M-7 series is available as an
amphibian aeroplane and as a floatplane. In 2003, a further development
of the Maule M-7, the Maule M-9 was introduced. Since, the Maule M-9
replaced the Maule M-7 in production.
The 1988-built Maule MX-7-180 Star Rocket c/n 11020C was registered N56633 in the USA. On 26 July 1988,
registration N56633 was cancelled as exported to the Netherlands and delivered to General Aviation Service VoF at Hoogeveen airfield.
Registration PH-ZCT was reserved for this aircraft, but ntu. On 28 July 1988, the aircraft was registered PH-TZK in the Netherlands
with General Aviation Service VoF, Hoogeveen. On 15 September 1988, Maule MX-7-180 Star Rocket PH-TZK was registered with Twentsche
Zweefvliegclub, Hengelo. On 23 November 1989, the PH-TZK was registered with General Aviation Service VoF, Hoogeveen. On 5 July 1991,
registration PH-TZK was cancelled as exported to Germany and registered D-ESHH. In 1993, registration D-ESHH was cancelled and the
Maule MX-7-180 was registered S5-DDO with Aeroklub Bovec in Slovenia. In 2006, the aircraft was restored to the German register as
D-EYEW with Luftsportring Grenzland e.V.,Nordhorn. On 15 May 2015, Maule MX-7-180 Star Rocket
D-EYEW was seen at Flugplatz Norhorn-Lingen in Germany.