First and foremost, SAAA has developed as the pre-eminent organisation established in the Australian aviation community that is home to VH-registered sport aircraft owners, builders and pilots.
More on the history of SAAA
The Sport Aircraft Association of Australia Inc. had its beginnings in 1956 when a group of aviation enthusiasts formed an association for people interested in building their own aircraft. This organisation, known as the Ultra Light Aircraft Association of Australia, grew in numbers and expanded its interest to all aspects of powered sport aviation. In the mid 1970s, with the advent of the Ultra light movement, it was decided to restructure and change the name of the association to Sport Aircraft Association of Australia (SAAA). The new name was more representative of the broader range of aviation interests of its members.
In the late 1980s, discussions took place with the then Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) resulting in the SAAA undertaking the self administration of CAO 101.28 category aircraft (amateur-built aircraft Acceptance (ABAA)) that provided a pseudo certified aircraft that could be manufactured by an amateur. With further work we have managed to evolve from the limitations of 101-28 and have considerably broadened the capabilities available to builders. The Amateur Built Experimental (ABE) category is now with us and our members have used the capabilities to put more than 600 new aircraft on the Australian register.