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 August 1, 1999

Tracks in the mud, trails in the sky

For The Business Report

SUPERIOR — Dan Ripley, owner of the new Land Rover Boulder Centre in Superior, has combined his two passions, Land Rover vehicles and aircraft, by creating an alliance between Land Rover North America and Maule Air of Moultrie, Ga.

In the remote outposts and the far reaches of the globe, one thing is certain. You don’t have to look far to find the tracks of the men and machines that make it possible to explore the wild, forgotten places. Land Rovers and Maule aircraft have surmounted the obstacles nature placed in the path that only the most rugged, capable vehicles survive.

And more often than not, it is the sure tread of the Land Rover and the brief kiss of Maule landing gear in the dust that proves man was there and returned safely to civilization.

There are environments where even the toughest Land Rover cannot pass — and that is where explorers, missionaries, bush transporters and sportsmen have learned to count on the Maule Bush Plane. On floats, amphibious, skis or ruggedized spring-aluminum gear, the Maule transcends gravity, continuing the trek when the last track has ended.

In the Kalahari desert, the Arctic tundra, the far southern mountain ranges of Patagonia and every remote place on earth, Land Rovers and Maule aircraft have partnered to take men and women where they must go.

And now, the partnership is confirmed. Maule Air debuted a brilliant yellow Maule — the STOL Provider — as the latest evolution of the Maule bush plane. Capability, capacity, reliability, ruggedness. What you would expect in a Land Rover — even in the air.

A special Land Rover edition of the Maule, the STOL Provider, debuted in Colorado at Airshow Colorado at Jefferson County Airport, and the brilliant yellow paint stopped many veteran plane-watchers in their tracks.

It is obviously purpose-built, causing one spectator to be reminded of the famous Trophy vehicles. Officially, the STOL Provider is a Maule M-7-260C, with the 540 cubic inch I0-540V4A5 fuel-injected Lycoming engine, rated at 260 horsepower. This is good for 164 mph cruise and 1,650 fpm climb on a standard day at sea level with the three-blade 78-inch Hartzell propeller. The phenomenal performance allows it to take off in just 250 feet. Ground roll for a short field landing can be as crisp as 200 feet from touchdown to full stop.

A Skylight, observation window, camera port and enlarged door glass allow superb visibility. The new, wide-track spring-aluminum main gear and high-flotation tires allow safe operation on primitive, remote airstrips. Land Rover insignia is embossed on the leather seats, and highly visible on the upper and lower wing surfaces, as well as the fuselage. The vertical stabilizer sports the Land Rover Compass Rose, the symbol of travel, adventure and exploration.

Freedom, adventure, guts, supremacy, authenticity, individualism — marque values advanced by Land Rover, embraced by Maule Air.

The STOL Provider will be appearing across the country at special Land Rover events and air shows. It comes home to roost in Boulder from time to time. Watch the early morning skies above the Continental Divide for the yellow all-terrain, all-horizon Land Rover Maule STOL Provider.

For The Business Report

SUPERIOR — Dan Ripley, owner of the new Land Rover Boulder Centre in Superior, has combined his two passions, Land Rover vehicles and aircraft, by creating an alliance between Land Rover North America and Maule Air of Moultrie, Ga.

In the remote outposts and the far reaches of the globe, one thing is certain. You don’t have to look far to find the tracks of the men and machines that make it possible to explore the wild, forgotten places. Land Rovers and Maule aircraft have surmounted the obstacles…

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