What We Do
We build, maintain and fly sport aircraft!
And we have a lot fun too!
SAAA Members operate VH-registered aircraft like any other general aviation aircraft owner and pilot with access to the full range of licences, endorsements and access to airspaces.
The range of aircraft typically operated amongst the SAAA community is phenomenal:
- Single / Multi-Engine – Piston / Jet / TurboProp
- Fixed Wing / Helicopter / Seaplane – MTOWs up to ~2000kg
- Wing loadings up to ~40 lb/sq ft
- Cruise TAS up to ~325kts – High Altitude Operations up to ~FL280
- All classes of airspace – VFR / Night VFR / IFR
So you’re interested in buying, rebuilding or modifying an aircraft? Here’s some useful information about how you can go about it with SAAA:
- An overview of how you go about all this with SAAA support
- Amateur-Built Experimental Aircraft
- Can I buy and rebuild an Amateur-built Experimental Aircraft
- Can I buy and rebuild a GA Aircraft as Amateur-built Experimental
- Experimental aircraft maintenance information for LAMEs
- Buying a partially built aircraft project
- I just bought an experimental aircraft
Bottom line: We like to have fun – fly-ins, events and social activities.
SAAA is a rewarding, fun and exciting place to be!
What We Offer
We are a Community
- A Network of Chapters connected by Regional Chapter Co-ordinators located around the country
- Aviators with knowledge, expertise, spirit and the will to help
- Events, Fly-Ins, Socials and Education
- A Safety Program
- A Member Support Program
- A huge range of Member Benefits and Services
We manage the issuance of Special Certificates of Airworthiness for our Member aircraft, and we can maintain our own aircraft – but CASA retains the responsibilities for aircraft registration, pilot licensing and aviation medical certification.
Whatever your particular interest in aviation, the SAAA provides the opportunity to share the experience with fellow enthusiasts.
And do we do EVENTS…..? We most certainly do. Check out this record of an SAAA organised fly-in to Langley Park – the original Perth City landing ground directly in front of the CBD
Members BUILDING and FLYING places……
The SAAA Chapters and Members
Find out where we are!
Come and talk to us – and really find out what we do and who we are!
** Members should proceed to the SAAA Members Support Team page for full details of our various Advisors and their locations **
There are around 100 dedicated Members appointed to specific support roles and a handful of committed staff who stand ready to give SAAA Members the best build, maintenance, flying and sport aviation experience ever!
You name it, there are many amongst our nationwide community who have huge experience to offer around just about anything aviation, including:
- – Buying an aircraft
- – Selecting an aircraft to build
- – Building and maintaining an aircraft
- – Flight training and currency
- – Selling an aircraft
Providing specific support mainly as volunteers to our Members, we have:
- – Technical Counsellors (TCs): Build support – project visits, documentation, maintenance, and risk assessment
- – Authorised Persons (APs): Issuance of Special Certificates of Airworthiness
- – Flight Safety Advisors (FSAs): Ground support – aircraft selection, flight safety systems, training plans, flight test planning and analysis, and risk assessment
- – Approved Test Pilots (ATPs): Conduct of maiden / early test flights of new / re-furbished aircraft
- – Flight Instructors (SAAA Accredited Instructors): Type transition training
- – Safety Pilots and Mentoring Flight Trainers (MFTs): Experienced pilots helping to build confidence
We also have a number of senior experienced professionals who provide guidance in the general areas of Construction & Maintenance, Flight Operations and Safety.
Added to all this, we have our network of SAAA Chapters – our “community hubs” where technical help and support, and friendship and social and flying activities abound.
The entire Member Support Team is guided and managed by our National Councillors. And we have our Member Support Services Team there to help all of our Members with administration and other general guidance.
By talking to these people – you will get the most from being an SAAA Member!
To find your nearest SAAA point of contact – it’s as easy as taking a look at the SAAA – Chapter & Member Locations map here:
Need some help using this Google My Map?
Check out some notes here to help with using this map function
- Use the usual zoom / drag functions to focus on your area of interest
- To get going, select what or who you are looking for. Click the small “rectangular symbol” at top left to reveal the data options (“layers”) – just check and uncheck as you need. Here you can also reveal the full list of data entries – just click on the small arrow to left of “All Items” to view or hide the data entries
- Click on a “Pin” to display details; in some cases, “Pins” will overlay each other – in which case some details may not be visible. Panic not -to check for all data, click the symbol at top left of the image in the map header to reveal (or hide) view options and gain access to all available data.
For privacy reasons, only the suburb, post code, state and Membership Number of current SAAA Members is displayed – should you wish to contact a current SAAA Member, simply contact SAAA Member Services at email@example.com or submit a ticket and our Member Services Team will put you in touch.
If you would like to contact a particular Chapter, the Chapter President’s name and email address are provided should you wish to make direct contact. And likewise – contact details are provided here for our advisors. If you need any help with making contact – just contact our Member Services Team at firstname.lastname@example.org or Submit a Ticket.