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Mission Statement

Sport Aircraft Association NZ Incorporated (SAA) is devoted to promoting and assisting the private aircraft builder and flier.

We work to further the cause of sport flying in all its forms and to stimulate the interest of the aviation enthusiast.

SAA supports the development and utilisation of amateur built aircraft for recreational, educational and research purposes.

The Council is committed to introducing new initiatives which will benefit the association's members.

Learn how SAA works and meet some of our people.


Sport Aircraft Association NZ Incorporated is a non-profit organisation run for its members by an annually elected Council. The Council currently comprises six members in addition to the President and two Vice-Presidents.


An office is maintained by the Association's Administrator, Adrienne Carter.

Adrienne carries out the day to day tasks related to membership, accounting and magazine distribution.

Member participation

Members are encouraged to actively contribute and share ideas and information relating to all aspects of sport flying. All members are eligible to submit and vote on remits, attend AGMs and nominate and vote for council members.


Meet Adrienne Carter – Administrator

Adrienne Carter


Adrienne is your first point of contact for all things SAA. Based in the Bay of Islands, Adrienne is the first person to contact if you have any questions regarding the SAA. Adrienne is available by email at If she cannot answer your question then she will be able to direct you to another member of the organisation who can.




Meet Evan Wheeler - President

Bill Sisley in his Europa XS aircraft


Evan lives in Pukekohe, South of Auckland and is an active member of both SAANZ and the SAA Auckland Chapter. When not running his own scaffolding business, Evan can usually be found flying or working on his Murphy Rebel ZK-WEM which he flies out of Patumahoe airstrip. 



Meet Bruce Cooke - Vice President

Alistair McLachlan

Bruce has a varied background in the aviation industry, including time as an aircraft tradesman, storeman, technical documents clerk and airline maintenance controller. He currently works as an Audio Visual and IT technician at Waikato University.
He has designed and constructed his own aircraft over a period of 11 years - Avian Adventurer ZK-CKE.
In additional to his role on the SAA National executive, which includes coordinating SAA Training courses, he is also heavily involved in the SAA Waikato Chapter.
Technical teaching is a passion and he holds an adult teaching qualification.
When not involved in flying or SAA activities, he enjoys video making, outdoor pursuits, industrial history and making scale models (he has a large collection of 1/72 scale RNZAF aircraft). He is also a leader with the local ICONZ Boys Brigade unit.





Get in touch with Sport Aircraft Association NZ Inc

Gavin Magill
Phone Mobile 027 291 0525
or 09 298 7174 AH

E-mail, or visit