Whittaker MW5 Sorcerer

The Whittaker MW5 Sorcerer is a British amateur-built aircraft that was designed by Mike Whittaker in the mid-1980s and supplied as plans for amateur construction.[1][2]

MW5 Sorcerer
Whittaker MW5 Sorcerer
Role Amateur-built aircraft
National origin United Kingdom
Designer Mike Whittaker
Introduction mid-1980s
Status Plans available (2015)
Variants Whittaker MW6

Design and development edit

The aircraft features a strut-braced parasol wing, a single-seat open cockpit, fixed conventional landing gear and a single engine in tractor configuration, mounted on the keel tube, above the cockpit.[1][2]

Whittaker MW5 Sorcerer is made from aluminium tubing, with its flying surfaces covered in doped aircraft fabric. Its 8.54 m (28.0 ft) span wing has an area of 11.2 m2 (121 sq ft). The standard engine used is the 40 hp (30 kW) Rotax 447 two-stroke powerplant.[1][2]

The design is approved by the Light Aircraft Association in the UK.[1][2][3]

Variants edit

Whittaker MW-7
Initial version[1][2]
Model with folding wings and the same wing area as the "A" model[1][2]
Seaplane version with a single monohull Full Lotus inflatable float and wing tip pontoons[1][2]
Aerobatic version with shorter wingspan[1][2]

Specifications (MW5A Sorcerer) edit

Data from Bayerl and Tacke[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Wingspan: 8.54 m (28 ft 0 in)
  • Wing area: 11.2 m2 (121 sq ft)
  • Empty weight: 145 kg (320 lb)
  • Gross weight: 285 kg (628 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 447 twin cylinder, air-cooled, two stroke aircraft engine, 30 kW (40 hp)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed wooden


  • Maximum speed: 148 km/h (92 mph, 80 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 102 km/h (63 mph, 55 kn)
  • Stall speed: 56 km/h (35 mph, 30 kn)
  • Rate of climb: 3 m/s (590 ft/min)
  • Wing loading: 25.4 kg/m2 (5.2 lb/sq ft)

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 111. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 117. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  3. ^ Light Aircraft Association (25 September 2012). "Approved Homebuilt Types" (PDF). Retrieved 10 October 2012.

External links edit