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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, Gavin Magill.

Gavin 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 Gavin Magill – Administrator

Adrienne Fillery standing next to her husband's homebuilt aircraft


Gavin is your first point of contact for all things SAA. Based in Whitianga at the airport airpark, Gavin is both an aircraft builder and an active pilot. He is currently building a KR2S in his garage at home and also owns a Zenith 601XL (ZK-ZXZ) plus a share in a Sonex (ZK-JQP). If you have any questions regarding the SAA feel free to contact Gavin by email at If he cannot answer your question then he will be able to direct you to another member of the organisation who can.




Meet Bill Sisley - President

Bill Sisley in his Europa XS aircraft


From his home in the Bay of Plenty Bill coordinates the Council and oversees the running of SAANZ. He also fulfils the role of SAA representative with the NZ Aviation Federation.

With a lifetime interest in aeroplanes, Bill learned to fly in 1968.

He commenced building his Europa XS, ZK-CHV in 2000 and made his inaugural flight in 2002. Since then he has flown over 1000 hours.



Meet Alistair McLachlan - Vice President

Alistair McLachlan

Having developed an interest in aviation from a young age, Alistair commenced aircraft engineering training in the RNZAF in 1959. After leaving the Air Force he spent 4 years engineering in the aerial topdressing industry, followed by over 36 years in the Airline Industry.

As a licensed aircraft engineer, Alistair worked on the smallest of aircraft right through to the largest that Boeing were producing, with their variety of systems, repair processes, and associated regulatory requirements. At the same time, he was flying an assortment of light aircraft and sailplanes.

Although he attained a Commercial Pilot licence, with the issues of how aircraft work holding a magnetic appeal for Alistair, he decided to keep the flying for enjoyment.

He has built his own aircraft and amphibian that would fold for ground transport.


Meet Evan Wheeler - Vice President

Evan Wheelers Murphy Rebel ZK-WEM



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. 



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