SAAA Sponsored Youth Aircraft Build and Fly Program


SAAA has launched it’s first SAAA Sponsored Youth Aircraft Build and Fly Project. This is an exciting project aimed fairly and squarely at engaging young persons with aviation and at the same time providing the opportunity for the many SAAA Members committed to “giving something back”. These aviators will offer their time and experience as volunteers to assist with the building of an aircraft and delivery of flight instruction to some of the youngsters involved.

Anyone who has had the privilege to be involved with projects such as this will understand the enjoyment and learning that both the participating youngsters and aviation supporters experience – it is truly rewarding for everyone involved. Along the way, we expect the youngsters to develop many new technical and team skills, and that some will pursue careers of some form in Australian aviation, where there is strong and growing long term demand.

The aircraft build and fly projects will be managed and operated in accordance with the SAAA Sponsored Youth Aircraft Build and Fly Project Management Plan.

SAAA Members:

We invite SAAA Members and other aviators to engage with this project.  We encourage SAAA Chapters or any SAAA Member to note your interest in becoming involved.  Click here for a guide of what is involved as a mentor.  If you are not affiliated with a Chapter, you can still become involved. Please either complete the SAAA Member Participation Form or contact the project’s National Administration Coordinator, “Lainey”, at


If you are a school or educational institution and would like to participate in this project, please complete the School / Student Participation Form or contact the project’s National Administration Coordinator, “Lainey”, at

Funding and Support:

The project is underwritten by approved SAAA Inc. funding. However, we also invite industry supporters to consider sponsorship in respect of the build and flying phases of this project – your assistance will be greatly appreciated as every dollar contributed in kind or otherwise will help us to extend the scope of flight instruction and increase subsidies we can offer in respect of aircraft operating costs. The finished aircraft will be sold on completion of the flight instruction program in order to recover the build costs; any cash surplus on sale will be applied to further reducing flight instruction costs to students.

Enquiries and Contact:

For general enquiries on the program or any specific project, please contact Tony White, National President of SAAA. For all matters around administration and how to become involved in the project, please contact the project’s National Administration Co-ordinator, Lainey Bradley.

Contact details:

Tony White    

Lainey Bradley