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Williams Mk.4


As the designation infers, the Williams Mk.4 is the fourth aircraft from the hands of the late Geoff Williams, a well known Otago identity who did not like to conform to the rules. It was finished about 1990, first flew in 1991 and had logged over 160 illegally flown hours prior to its sale to Bob Gibson in June 2002. This aircraft was legally registered as ZK-JPA on 25 February 2003.
Geoff Williams never flew again after the third aeroplane, but resolved to build a fourth aircraft. This is the aircraft Bob Gibson bought. This plane was not difficult to fly he did have a few minor landing faults.
Geoff’s ambition was to fly his aeroplane around Fiordland coastline, landing at somewhere like Jackson’s Bay for refuelling and to this end he built a heated cabin and fuel capacity of over 100 litres and a locker where he could hold an additional 10 or 15-litre can. Sadly this was never to be realised as Geoff became ill March 2002 and died on 10 May 2002. It was Geoff’s wish that his plane be kept flying, and Bob seemed to be the person most interested.

Wingspan: 30 ft
Engine: Rotax 447
Prop: 3-blade Warp Drive
Cruise: 60 kts
Stall: 22 kts
Seats: 1
ROC: 500 fpm
Fuel burn: 12 lt/hr


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