Member Benefits

The SAAA offers a huge range of benefits, services and programs designed to assist our members to build and fly sport aircraft safely, knowledgeably and cost effectively

Building and operating aircraft is an expensive business, and the SAAA is fortunate to have been able to develop privileges and services available to Members that can literally save in aggregate tens of thousands of dollars. Most notable would be the cost of obtaining a Special Certificate of Airworthiness at generally less than $1000 through SAAA as compared to likely several thousand elsewhere; the privilege to maintain your own aircraft once trained at a cost of less than $1000 compared to thousands year on year; and many other outstanding cost saving offers around insurance, foreign exchange and freight services.

Most of the assistance programs rely on members giving their time to guide others and pass on their real practical knowledge and experience. Many of our Members have built several aircraft, have flight experience on multiple aircraft types and configurations with thousands of general aviation hours of experience behind them. And many are current or retired professional aviators and industry participants. Pretty much any type of aircraft you may want to build – there will almost certainly be someone within our community that has been there before.  This is the spirit and fabric of SAAA – a wealth of experience delivered amongst a great Community that helps keep us all safe.  Between us all – we know about sport aircraft!

 

Membership

  The SAAA Community and Chapters

We are a vibrant spirited community with over 1000 members across Australia helping each other and sharing knowledge, comradery and experiences with like-minded people

The SAAA and its Members have some very serious obligations to be safe whilst participating in a sport that we love – but at the same time, we are a Community that enjoys very much what we do – it is a pleasure to build aircraft and fly them. And we like to enjoy each other’s company and have aviation fun!

The SAAA offers our Members a vibrant spirited community where fellow aviators help and support each other through their builds and flying operations. This Community is built around a network of some 30 Chapters located around the nation – these are the hubs where Members catch-up, build together, fly together and simply enjoy each other’s company. Each Chapter runs a number of events over the year from social gatherings and BBQs to educational events, and fly-ins.  This is the spirit of SAAA.

We encourage all SAAA members to belong to their local Chapter wherever possible. Chapter membership brings builders and potential builders together and encourages the exchange of knowledge and often that spark of motivation.

Many questions that builders, or potential builders, have can be answered by local Chapter members who between them possess an extraordinary wealth of real practical experience and knowledge around just about anything sport aviation. If they can’t help, or you need more information, someone will be able to point you in the right direction, whether it be websites, forums or actual personal contact. Effectively, Chapters become your personal local knowledge base.

Chapters also host many educational events – builder’s nights, hangar talks and other – these are all simply part of the SAAA community spirit.

  Member Portal

Everything new and existing SAAA Members need to manage their Membership

Here you will find all you need to manage your personal, aircraft, flying qualifications, training and membership status details and more.

You can access most of this information via the MyAccount tab or otherwise by item here:

  • Basic Information (link)
  • Flying Qualifications (link)
  • Personal Development (Training) (link)
  • Member Support Program (MSP) participation (link)
  • Aircraft (link)
  • Reports (link)
  • Membership Renewal (link)

  SAAA Journal – AirSport

An informative interesting quarterly publication for Members

SAAA has its own publication, AirSport.

This is mailed to members quarterly, and contains information about what is going on around SAAA, safety and technical articles, features of members’ build projects, reports from events and fly-ins, classifieds and much more.

The cost is included the standard annual membership fees.

Core Activities

  Safety

A framework and systems to help keep us all safe.

The SAAA safety program is drawn together under our Safety Management System (SMS). In practical terms, this offers an Occurrence Management System (OMS) that allows sharing and learning about accidents, incidents and defects; Risk Radar (RRAv) which is a life of project and pilot risk assessment system; and our Member Support Program (MSP) which provides for assisting members to improve safety outcomes through guidance and learning through building to flying operations.

    Safety Management System (SMS)

Safety is the number one priority for SAAA in all aspects of the planning, building, maintenance and operation of SAAA Member owned and operated aircraft

The SAAA SMS is designed to maintain a culture of safety awareness through practices, systems, engagement and feedback that delivers best practice or better safety outcomes.

At its heart are the “four pillars” of our safety risk management being:

  • Occurrence Management System (OMS)
  • Risk Radar (RRAv)
  • Human factor education and awareness
  • Safety Promotion

    Occurrence Management System (OMS)

Sharing and learning about accidents, incidents and defects.  Let others know so they can perhaps avoid what you found or what happened to you – help your mates out!  (reveal with hover; click to go to link Safety/OMS)

    Risk Radar (RRAv)

A life of project and pilot risk assessment system    (reveal with hover; click to go to link Safety/RRAv)

    Member Support Programme (MSP)

A package of 5 programs designed to improve safety outcomes for SAAA Member builders and pilots      (reveal with hover; click to go to link MSP)

  Building & Flying

This is the real business of what do and love – this is the pointy end of the fun part.

SAAA provides support, guidance and advice to help make it happen, make it fun – and safe. It’s all about as we say:   Plan Wise – Build Well – Fly Safe.  Do all of this – and it will be a truly rewarding exerience.

    Building (Construction)

A comprehensive package of support, programs and documentation for SAAA builders

At the heart of SAAA’s Build (Construction) support to Member’s are our Technical Councillors (TCs) and Authorised Persons (APs) – between them, these devoted volunteers are there to guide our Members through everything from aircraft selection, project planning, building, and obtaining a Special Certificate of Airworthiness. There are other advisors there to help too, but the TCs and APs are the main supporters in a build process.

Building is also supported by the Member Support Program (MSP) Build Assist Program, training should you wish to do your own weight & balance, and knowledge. We strongly advise Members to participate in the MSP – it’s free, and participation also affords the opportunity to participate in the SAAA-QBE insurance offer.

      Build Assist Program (BAP)

(reveal with hover; click to go to link to MSP/BAP)

      Weight & Balance

(reveal with hover; click to go to link to Training/W&B)

      Special Certificate of Airworthiness (CoA)

Before you can fly your new aircraft, you need an Experimental Certificate – Special Certificate of Airworthiness

This Certificate can only be issued by a CASA officer or an Authorised Person (AP), delegated by CASA.

SAAA provides a CoA Pack which is available for purchase through SAAA online shop. This will give you all that you need to work towards obtaining your CoA. As part of the process, you should engage the services of a Technical Councillor (TC); and you will also need to use the Risk Radar (RRAv) risk assessment tool

      Authorised Person (AP)

An Authorised Person (AP) is a person who can issue an CoA

SAAA has its own APs who are SAAA Members trained to a standard approved by CASA, and have been appointed by CASA as “Authorised Persons.”

Our APs act in accordance with the relevant CASA accepted SAAA AP Manual of Procedures.

Whilst there are various other industry APs who charge commercial rates for their work and Members are of course free to use their services, their costs will more than likely be in excess of a thousand dollars more than engaging an SAAA AP. APs are also available and happy to Members to discuss any construction, maintenance or operational issues.

Engaging an AP early in your project build, or indeed project planning, is encouraged

      Technical Councillor (TC)

The SAAA has a number of Members appointed as a Technical Councillor (TC)

TCs are located around the country and connected to Members through the Chapter network. They are volunteers experienced in building at least one aircraft, and often many. They all have a wealth of real practical knowledge around planning, building and documentation that is available to all Member to support and advise around all aspects of the building phase.  The TCs operate in accordance with SAAA’s Technical Councillor’s Handbook.

Builders are advised to engage a TC as early as possible in relation to a build, or major refurbishment, project. No matter how experienced a builder you are, all can derive peace of mind from having the opportunity to seek advice and solve issues from someone dedicated to helping you to succeed

    Flying Operations

Guidance and support to SAAA Member builders and pilots by experienced SAAA aviators who know and understand our aircraft

Many of the SAAA Members are extremely experienced pilots, and with experience across many aircraft types in not only the sport aircraft category but in the general, commercial and often military aviation sectors.

A number of the Members provide informal support through the Chapter networks and always happy to help where they can. Some members are also acting in a number more formal ways such in the capacity of Flight Safety Advisor (FSA) and Test Pilot.

Whilst flight operations support has historically not been as great a focus within SAAA as has aircraft building support, Member demand and the risks associated with in particular early pilot time on types and low time airframes, is driving a major development program in SAAA’s flight operations support. This will be rolled out over 2017 / 2018, and will involve in particular formalisation of FSA roles, and subject to approval by CASA a Pilot Type Transition Training Program and Pilot Proficiency Program delivered by SAAA Members who know our aircraft best.

Flight operations are also supported by various elements of the Member Support Program (MSP), in which we strongly advise Members to participate. It’s free, and participation also affords the opportunity to participate in the SAAA-QBE insurance offer.

      Flight Test Assist Program (FTAP) (reveal with hover; click to go to link to MSP/FTAP)

      Pilot Type Transition Training Program (PTTTP) (reveal with hover; click to go to link to MSP/PTTTP)

      Pilot Proficiency Program (PPP) (reveal with hover; click to go to link to MSP/PPP)

      Flight Safety Advisor (FSA)

The SAAA has a number of Members appointed as a Flight Safety Advisor (FSA)

FSAs are located around the country and connected to Members through the Chapter network. They are volunteers who are very experienced pilots and depending on their experience are accredited to advise and support in regard to a number of aircraft configurations and type classes on all matters relating to planning, flight testing, and general flight operations. This may include acting as safety pilots or mentoring flight trainers.

Much of this program already exists, and extensions are being rolled out over 2017 / 2018.

We encourage all builders and pilots to engage with an FSA – they can help with the selection of an aircraft to build (with consideration of a builder’s flight experience and capability); they can help with assessing flight safety systems that can be incorporated in to a build or major refurbishment; assist with planning a type transition training program, flight test operations and assessment and ongoing pilot proficiency.

      Authorised Test Pilot (ATP)

The SAAA has a number of Members who offer their services as test pilots

As part of SAAA’s enhanced Flight Operations support program, we aiming to increase the numbers of test pilots willing to assist Members in bring their pride and joys into the air for the first time.  Part of this program will include formalising the appointment of these dedicated pilots as Authorised Test Pilots (ATPs).

We strongly urge Members to consider the option to engage an experienced pilot, who is experienced test flying operations. The statistics show the exposure on early flights to be high as a function of pilot capability and low airframe time. So, unless you are a very experienced pilot, confident you can handle emergency situations and make unemotional operational decisions, a test pilot would a sensible pathway.

    Maintenance

Privileges, training and programs that enable SAAA Members to do their own aircraft maintenance

Most SAAA Members maintain their own aircraft.  This only made possible by privileges extended to owner / builders who satisfy certain requirements – essentially that they have built the greater part of their aircraft and that they have passed the CASA accepted but SAAA Maintenance Procedures Course (MPC).

Provided the requirements are met, Members can not only enjoy the process of performing occasional and annual maintenance themselves, they will save tens of thousands of dollars over the life of their aircraft projects.

The MPC also includes a Weight & Balance module, a requirement if a builder wishes to do their own weight and balances – again, a cost saver for Members.

Maintenance activities are also supported by the Member Support Program (MSP) Maintenance Assist Program, in which we strongly encourage Members to participate. It’s free, and participation also affords the opportunity to participate in the SAAA-QBE insurance offer.

      Maintenance Assist Program (FTAP) (reveal with hover; click to go to link to MSP/MAP)

      Maintenance Procedures Course (MPC) (reveal with hover; click to go to link to Training/MPC)

      Weight & Balance Course (W&B) (reveal with hover; click to go to link to Training/W&B)

  Training

A range of opportunities to learn, do more and stay safe through SAAA education

SAAA fosters two generic types of SAAA Sponsored Education or Training:

  1. CASA accepted education – associated with CASA exemptions and as such must be accepted by CASA, and generally expected to be defined as “Courses”
  2. SAAA authorised education – not subject to CASA authority, but comprising three sub-categories per “Courses”, “Workshops / Seminars” and “Informal Information Sharing” that require varying degrees of compliance with respect to internal approvals and requirements for documentation, competency of trainers, and disclaimers

The reason for a structure such as this is simply because at one extreme we need to ensure structured preparation and delivery of education when the knowledge and qualifications conferred on attendees may be used to undertake significant activities – such as maintenance and weight & balance activities. At the other extreme, we want to encourage less formal exchange of information, knowledge and skills such as may occur amongst seminar / workshop environments or gatherings in hangars and club rooms.

Training or education is critical to supporting our goal of achieving best practice safety outcomes, and accordingly the SAAA whilst relying greatly on volunteers contributes funding to these activities to minimise costs to our Members.

  Courses

Irrespective of whether these re CASA accepted or not, SAAA courses comprise a structured delivery of information, and constitute training where course documents include a syllabus or content, a set of outcomes, and may include a statement of limitations and qualifications, competencies or privileges that may be conferred on participants.

The two most important courses SAAA offers are :-

    Maintenance Procedures Course (MCP)

The Maintenance Procedures course (MCP) is a CASA accepted course

This course is run over two full days and is offered as an initial, and a refresher (heavily discounted), course.

The course provides builders with knowledge of the Regulations governing maintenance of an amateur built aircraft including Advisory Circulars, Airworthiness Directives, Airworthiness Bulletins, Service bulletins, sources and application of approved data and other Continuing Airworthiness requirements.

It enhances the skills and knowledge gained during the building phase and equips a builder to safely maintain the aircraft throughout its life (Continuing Airworthiness). It focuses on Inspection and Maintenance Practices that address issues such as how to recognise and repair corrosion, aging wiring problems, fatigue cracks etc.

The course highlights CASA regulations and advisory material applicable to aircraft maintenance so the maintainer knows his/her legal responsibilities. This is important not only to remain within the law, but also to abide by the conditions of your insurance policy. The end result is a safe, well-maintained, legal aircraft that will retain its resale value.

A schedule of dates for the course held generally in at least one State each year are published from time to time. One course usually coincides with SAAA’s annual national Fly-In event.

Course attendance can be purchased through the SAAA online Shop. Alternatively, enquiries can be made through SAAA’s Head Office.  An online refresher course is under development.

Generally speaking, and whilst we understand the commitment to time and travel required for Members to attend classroom courses, we do encourage this as the learning process benefits from dialogue, discussion and sharing of experiences.

If a member wants to maintain their own aircraft, an MPC certificate is required – period.  SAAA offers the course on a highly subsidised basis, largely due to the volunteers that support the course delivery. However, the course is available through other providers at very likely much higher cost.

Whilst refresher courses are not mandated by CASA, we do encourage Members to update their knowledge from time to time. If a Member wishes to participate in the MSP and then wishes to also take advantage of the SAAA-QBE insurance offer, then the MPC qualification must be current to within 3 years.

    Weight & Balance Course (W&B)

The Weight & Balance (W&B) course curriculum is offered as part of the Maintenance Procedures course (MCP)

The course content is also CASA accepted. It is available at all times an MPC course is run.

However, the W&B qualification is only valid for 2 years, and so unless renewed as part of a MPC initial or refresher, then a Member must re-obtain their qualification – this is available through an online W&B exam.

Refer to the gazetted MPC schedule for dates and locations.

An online W&B Exam can be purchased through the SAAA online Shop. Alternatively, enquiries can be made through SAAA’s Head Office.

If a member wants to conduct a weight and balance for an aircraft – they must, as mandated by CASA, have a current valid W&B qualification.

  Workshops & Seminars

Workshops and Seminars are generally developed and delivered at the Chapter level

These activities are driven almost entirely by volunteers. Some of these are brought to regional / national events such as the annual SAAA National Fly-In event, which typically host a program of workshops and seminars.

As far as workshops are concerned, some of the most popular examples include metal work, composites and engines. Whilst these do not confer any specific qualifications on attendees, they are interesting and knowledge building that only serve to enhance Member skills and awareness.

Seminars cover a wide range of subjects specific to SAAA activities but also include those made by other aviators and industry supporters who kindly offer their time and resources to share knowledge about anything from projects, to technical to products and services. As we develop more technical programs (such as the Schedule 8 maintenance program), it is the intention to deliver them via Chapter specialists.

SAAA also runs webinars from time to time to support systems such as Risk Radar. These have been well attended and received, and accordingly other webinar programs will be developed to cover other systems and topics such as the Occurrence Management System.

  Informal – Builder’s Nights, Hangar Talks

These activities go hand in hand with working together as a Community

Run sometimes within a Chapter or sometimes as more of an occasion where neighbouring Chapters are invite to join in. It’s as much a part of education as it is a part of the fun and social aspects of being an SAAA Member.

Builder’s nights – traditionally so called as often happen after business hours weekdays, but weekends are good too. They are great opportunities to go and see a colleague’s project – look, ask, suggest, learn. From the builders’ perspectives, project visits mean other pairs of eyes reviewing a project which acts to help catch any issues before they become expensive mistakes. Projects from early beginnings to almost completed aircraft are of great interest to all. And it’s fun!

Hangar talks, or just tea room chats –occur all the time. It’s all aviator talk – but we all love it, and we all learn. Some classic examples would be talking about wing cuffs over a cup of tea – what are they anyway someone may ask, and so the discussion follows and everyone is much the wiser. What do you mean Vne isn’t indicated? And so it goes on… As they say – what you don’t know, you don’t know – and we remain ever impressed at what comes of informal hangar talk!

 

 

Other Benefits, Services & Programs

  Technical Support Team

Professionals ready to advise SAAA Members

Although there is a wealth of knowledge and experience residing amongst the Membership, SAAA is building a (non-volunteer) Technical Support Team to provide professional advice and support to Members and the Management Team. These persons are a valuable addition beyond support available amongst the Membership community and volunteer advisors.

For technical support:

Construction & Maintenance              Norm Edmunds                   Norm.Edmunds@saaa.com

Regulatory Matters                             Norm Edmunds                   Norm.Edmunds@saaa.com

  Member Offered Skill Support

Accessing the wealth of knowledge and expertise that resides amongst our Members

The Member Offered Skill Support initiative commenced in early 2017. Recognition of the extraordinary collective capabilities of Members both in their aviation worlds and in other professional lives was brought to bear.

SAAA is a not-for-profit organisation with almost all of the Management Team and many technical contributions required to support day to day SAAA business provided by volunteers who don’t have endless hours or skills. So, the simple question was asked – who else can and would like to help in any way whatsoever?

The outcome was outstanding – we now have over 120 Members who offered their services and skills to help “do SAAA business” – from experienced metal, composite or timber builders to those with senior management and business experience, auditing skill, regulatory skills, flight operations to insurance – the list goes on. Many of these volunteers have already been contributing, and others are identified and stand ready to start.

The Member Offered Skill Support will be further developed to enable Members to go online and find someone who can help them out – ideally close by.

In the meantime, if you are looking for some help in any of the following categories, enquire through our Head Office:

  • Business Management
  • Safety
  • Construction & Maintenance
  • Flight Operations
  • Training
  • Technical & Regulatory
  • IT & Administration

  Foreign Exchange & Freight Services

Great saving on forex and freight services available to SAAA Members

Building and operating an aircraft will almost certainly involve purchasing goods from overseas – not least of which may well be a complete aircraft kit, or an engine. Then of course goods will need to be freighted at some stage or other internationally or domestically.

The Foreign Exchange and Freight services available to Members under special terms are outstanding products that can save thousands of dollars over the life of a project.

    Foreign Exchange

SAAA has partnered with OFX (formally OzForex) to provide Members with discounted foreign exchange services

Using OFX to buy your kit components overseas will typically save you hundreds of dollars over your local bank or credit card. For those that are already flying, you can still save on the purchase of parts and equipment overseas. You can even register an account in your business name if you wish.

For new accounts opened by SAAA members using the registration link below, OFX will waive their standard transaction fees for transfers of over $250.

By using OFX you will also enjoy:

  • No receiving bank fees in most countries (including the USA where the majority of our kit components are purchased)
  • Extremely competitive foreign exchange rates across over 55 currencies
  • Online access 24/7
  • Access to a dedicated Dealer by phone
  • Exchange rate alerts via email Access to OFX’s highly regarded daily and weekly “Market Commentary”
  • Complete exchange rate transparency
  • Risk management tools through Limit Orders and Forward Exchange Contracts

Registration is FREE and you can view live dealing rates immediately.

By using this service, you will also be contributing to the SAAA as OFX will make a small donation from each transaction back to the SAAA, to be used to provide services to our members.

For single transactions over $100k we have a dedicated partner account manager who will make sure you get the best rate possible. Please contact the SAAA office if you need this service.

    Discounted Shipping / Freight offer

The SAAA has partnered with Couriersandfreight.com.au

The arrangement offers a freight service that will provide Members with competitive pricing for national and interstate freight. Like other Member services, this outstanding offer can potentially save thousands of dollars over the like of a project.

Member examples :

“…. freighted a package from SteinAir using the SAAA Freight offer at a cost of ~A$300, which compared to a regular UPS quote of ~A$950″

This morning’s job was to get my interior and carpet from Classic Aero Designs in Oregon to Australia. FedEx quote ~A$630; Courierfreight.com.au offer price ~$460″

When contacting Courierfreight.com.au, use Code SAAA16 to access the special rates. For smaller packages, you can use the quoting system below :

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  Fuel Supply Discounts

Options for convenience and saving on fuel costs for SAAA Members

SAAA refers our members to Skyfuel (AirBP), Aero Refuellers & Mobil for access to aviation fuel. As a Member, you have the convenience of access to fuel across the country from all these major distributors.

Skyfuel (AirBP): Members pay the standard retail price and those who purchase more than 1,000 litres in a calendar year receive a $20 discount on their annual SAAA membership fee. [Skyfuel provides a small contribution from each fuel sale back to the SAAA to be used to deliver member services]

Aero Refuellers: Members receive 5 cents per litre discount from posted retail prices at all Aero Refuellers locations

Mobil: Mobil cards are available as a convenience from Skyfuel or Aero Refuellers however no fuel price discount is offered.

These offers are only available to financial Members of SAAA. By taking up an offer(s), a Member consents to the exchange of limited membership data between the SAAA, Skyfuel and Aero Refuellers as is necessary to confirm entitlement to fuel discounts.

  SAAA – QBE Aviation Insurance Offer

Attractive terms and pricing for SAAA members

Adequate insurance has long been a difficult problem for owners and builders of recreational aircraft, particularly amateur built aircraft. SAAA and QBE Aviation have worked together to create a competitive offer that affords policy owners attractive cover at competitive rates in return for enhanced commitment to improved safety outcomes.

Participation in the offer does, however, require a Member to participate in the Member Support Program (MSP). This is simply because when a Member participates in the MSP, they make a commitment to doing a number of things that aim to improve safety outcomes. This naturally provides the foundation for QBE Aviation to reward MSP participants with :

  • Discounted premiums
  • Additional policy benefits, such Hangar Keepers insurance included
  • Instalment payment options
  • Parts only options – note this option still provides for engine rebuilds and top end avionics repairs that must be carried out by certified repairers)

QBE Aviation has enthusiastically and generously supported this approach. The SAAA QBE Aviation Insurance Program is the result.

Be sure to check out and accurately compare what a QBE policy content offers before making a decision.

  National and Regional Events

Opportunities to catch-up with the broader community, catch up with friends, learn and have fun

Each year the SAAA hosts a ‟National Event”. The venue may change from time to time, and may sometimes be operated in partnership with other organisations. The Event gives members from across the nation an opportunity to fly in and show off their latest creations to industry, members of the public, their fellow Members and other aviators. This event includes the opportunity for face to face meetings with like-minded members and management team members, learning from seminars and workshops, participating in aircraft build awards and just enjoying the spirit of the SAAA community and sport aviation.

SAAA also participates in a number of regional events such as Avalon and Wings of Illawarra, and there are numerous other events often hosted by SAAA Chapters or fellow Member organisation.

Opportunities to fly your aircraft, often in company of fellow aviators, and connect with the aviation community and friends abound. think of a place to go; let everyone know; and you’ll very likely have company.

  SAAA Fly-in Guidelines and Risk Management

Documentation for Chapters and Members to organise their own Fly-Ins

The SAAA has developed a comprehensive guide for the conduct of a fly-in by members. Normally this guide is aimed at Chapters, however it provides a wealth of detail for any fly-in. The aim is risk reduction and safe outcomes for all participants whether they fly, drive or walk to the event.

Conforming to the guide is a requirement by any SAAA membership group undertaking this activity in order to benefit from SAAA’s insurance cover available for such events.

In addition to the actual SAAA Fly-In Guidelines, there is a companion Risk Management Plan. This document provides a template that should be used to allow the organisers to address safety issues related to the Fly-In. It should be pointed out that this Risk Management Plan is not a “one size fits all” plan but serves as a template that the organisers should use to address specific issues for their “Fly-In‟.

  Advocacy

Working on behalf of Members with the Regulator & other government bodies

The SAAA advocates on behalf of its Members to achieve better outcomes around many issues. Some of the best examples include the privilege to maintain our own aircraft, and the system of SAAA Members appointed by CASA to issue Special Certificates of Air Worthiness.

We are currently participating in discussions and reviews around a number of issues including less onerous Aviation Medical Certification requirements for our Members, developing special IFR equipment rules for Experimental Category aircraft, developing an environment where SAAA pilots can deliver flight transition and currency training to our Members, and more.

We are confident that some great outcomes will emerge soon.

SAAA representatives regularly sit at the table with the Regulator to best ensure our needs are heard.  We have found over the years that you can’t complain after the fact, and so we must be part of the process. And we are, as is evidenced by the runs on the board.

  SAAA Aircraft Scales

Scales available for hire if you are doing your own weight & balance

The SAAA has a number of aircraft scales that are available to members only. The scales are calibrated annually.

Currently there are 2 sets of scales available for hire to Members –  one in Sydney and one in Melbourne, which are looked after by volunteers.  These are available to members for hire at $50 for one weeks plus an additional $10 per day beyond one week. Freight costs are to the account of the hirer.

There are also a number of Chapters that have scales owned by local members and these are available under arrangements with the Chapters.

Remember – if you are planning to do a weight & balance yourself, you must have a current Weight & Balance Certificate (see Training)

  Member Knowledge Base

Access to knowledge available only to SAAA Members

The greatest immediate benefit to members is knowledge. SAAA Members have full access to our website providing you constant access to regulatory knowledge, building information and techniques along with contacts for face to face assistance from our many Technical Councillors and other advisors.

Only SAAA Members can access the many years of accumulated Information available to members. The SAAA has been around since 1955 and all that past knowledge is retained for member benefit. (link to Technical Documentation centre)