Issued: Thursday, 7 September 2017




19 - 21 October 2017

First and foremost - SAAA is going to Narromine!

Please join us to help make SAAA's involvement and the event a success for all.

The event commences at midday Thursday the 19th of October and runs through until Saturday evening on the 21st of October 2017.

Beyond the general aspects of the event, operated by the event organiser, AirVenture Australia Pty Ltd (AVA), SAAA will have:

All SAAA Narromine facilities open and operating with:

  • A members, friends and supporters meeting area - all aviator and industry supporters are also warmly welcome!
  • Management team members and technical advisers will be available for informal discussions
  • Hosting for one of the event seminar spaces
  • A display of 5 or 6 completed aircraft representative of the range of types operated by SAAA - access panels removed, instrument panels and systems demonstrated
  • A display of 3 or 4 part completed projects
  • SAAA Booth in the Main Exhibitor's Tent
  • SAAA Aircraft judging competition
  • Grand Champion Experimental
  • Best Experimental Aircraft
  • Clive Canning Best Metal Aircraft
  • Best Composite Aircraft
  • John Liddell Best Hybrid or Rag and Tube Aircraft
  • Concours d'Elegance

SAAA members will be participating in the air display. 

Subsequent to many enquiries from our members, it is appropriate to provide some background to the event and SAAA participation. It will be evident to all by now that reference to SAAA has been removed from the AirVenture Australia website. This follows from SAAA requesting that any reference to SAAA as a member of the event organising team be removed. This request was made for a variety of reasons. However, in response, the event organiser has sadly seen fit to also largely remove reference to SAAA as a participant and contributor to the event. 

Along with RAAus and APF, SAAA is also a current participating beneficiary of the OzKosh Trust - a corporate entity of which AirVenture Australia Pty Ltd is the trustee and also operator of AirVenture 2017. 

However, SAAA has no ownership or legal control of either of the OzKosh Trust or AirVenture Australia Pty Ltd. 

SAAA is, as we all know, a largely volunteer supported organisation that operates a 

not-for-profit operation and, accordingly, we have no interest in deriving revenue other than that required to deliver value for money services to our members. 

We passionately believe in an Australian general aviation community where all aviators and industry supporters work together and can come together at events around our nation under one sky. We have no interest in politics or commercial influences that may have a contrary effect. 

As those of our members who attended the President - Members Discussion Forum on Saturday 2nd September will know, there was a comprehensive discussion around matters in relation to the AirVenture 2017 event. It is not productive to repeat that discussion here, however, feel free to contact our President, Tony White, directly if you would like a personal briefing. 

SAAA remains a founding beneficiary of the OzKosh Trust. We have, and continue to contribute funds and infrastructure to assist in supporting the AirVenture 2017 event and the Australian sport aviation community. 

We look forward to seeing as many of our members, friends and industry supporters at Narromine over the course of the event. 

Please help make SAAA's involvement and the event a success!

Thank you 

Tony White

President SAAA

Member Alert!     Member Renewals
Dear Members,
We apologise for any inconvenience in paying your Membership fees account through to June 2018.
We had worked through the process and mechanism to make this transition with our IT provider, and it had been confirmed that the 'system' would support the transition with ease. 
Unfortunately however, the IT system has failed us and it may be necessary for you to make payment via two separate transactions. If your renewal notice includes a pro-rata period, plus full year membership, the system will only accept one payment at a time. You will be required to pay the pro-rata period, then log back in to make the next payment. Once both payments have been made it will take your membership up to 30 June 2018. 
Next year it will be a simple one off payment. 
Thank you for your forbearance and to the Members who were kind enough to advise us they had issues making a payment. 
Of course, if you require assistance making payment please contact the office. 
- SAAA National Council






The FY1718 Business Plan was approved by NC in July 2017 and is available for Members to review. Here

At the National Council meeting held on the 4  Feb 2017, your NC considered the SAAA’s position with respect to endorsement of training courses for members. 
Click Here to view all SAAA endorsed training courses. 

CASA AvMed Certification Review

SAAA along with all stakeholders in the aviation community were invited to make submissions in respect of CASA’s current review of Aviation Medical certifications.


SAAA naturally delivered a submission. In summary, we have been and continue to advocate like many others both here and in other countries for a system that is more suited for private pilots irrespective of whether they may be operating to VFR, NVFR, IFR or hold other license categories or endorsements. In developing our submission, we have been fortunate to draw on the expertise of many of our Members with a variety of backgrounds from highly qualified and experienced aviators and professional pilots, to those with medical and DAME experience. We thank all of our Members who contributed.


CASA reported receiving around 160 submissions from pilots, industry associations, flying organisations and medical professionals. Those submissions where the author has provided permission for publication are now available on the CASA website from the link below. SAAA’s submission is included.


Discussion with Members continued:

Next Forum:        02:00 UTC.  President & Members Forum

We will be hosting the third “President – Chapter & Member Forum”  this ............ at 02:00hrs UTC using the Zoom conferencing software. 


Flying events are listed in the monthly member news.

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SAAA Fuel Discount Scheme.

SAAA has partnered with Skyfuel and Aero Refuellers to provide members with continued access to Air BP, Aero Refuellers and Mobil carnet cards. Details are available in the member's area or click here.

SAAA Announces Foreign Exchange Discount Scheme.

SAAA has partnered with OFX (formally OzForex) to provide members with discounted foreign exchange services. Details are available in the member's area or click here.

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