Why Choose Westwind Aviation?
We have been a New Zealand registered company since 2003 specialising in General and Sports Aviation Sales and Support. Since 2015 our core business has been the import and build of Light Sport Aircraft manufactured by ICP s.r.l. in Italy.
During 2018 we undertook the CAA process of assessment for acceptance as a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) for the ICP Savannah S model. Until this time it had been a Class 2 Micro Light aircraft. This has allowed Clubs and training providers to consider the Savannah S as a training aircraft.
We maintain a comprehensive Spares holding, but can source specialist items for customers. We provide both on location and telephone support for our customers during the building of their kits.
We pride ourselves in supporting each individual build.
Westwind Aviation provides the warranty support on behalf of ICP for a factory new aircraft for a period of 12 months or 250 hours (whichever comes first), after the sale of an aircraft.
We work in partnership with ICP specialist service local providers for Avionics, Propeller and Rotax engine needs.
Philip Seale is the Director and Manager of Westwind Aviation, the ICP Agent in New Zealand
While I had my first introduction to flying in 1979 my career as a professional pilot commenced in 1985 following the study, saving and training required to complete a Private and a Commercial Pilot Licence and Instrument Rating Certificates. Prior to this I held a variety of jobs from cleaning hangar floors to assisting engineers maintaining a wide range of General Aviation aircraft, I was rewarded with my first job as pilot in Cessna aircraft in the North of Australia. My General Aviation career lasted for about 3000 flying hours before moving to New Zealand to fly for an airline. While I have been flying now for about 40 years, I enjoy the engineering aspect of the industry as well.
I am a New Zealand Citizen and I hold an ATPL and an RPL. Besides being a pilot for an airline, I also fly Westwind Aviation’s Cessna 185 ZK NWH and the ‘New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society’s’ historic PBY5A Catalina, ZK-PBY.
I am a member of the EAA (US), Cessna Pilots Association (US), AOPA (US), AOPA (NZ), SAA (NZ), RAA (NZ), NZ 185 Group, Air NZ Flying Club, The Catalina Preservation Society, and the Marlborough Aero Club.
Why my interest in Light Sport Aircraft?
In 2015 during a layover on Norfolk Island I chanced to meet the island mechanic who I discovered had built an aircraft on the Island with two friends. The aircraft was an ICP Savannah S. As so often is the case with aviators, an invitation for a flight was offered. To say I enjoyed the experience was an understatment, I was to left with a lasting impression as to what a fantastic aircraft this was.
I had always harboured a desire to be involved in building an aircraft. A member of the EAA (US) for about 25 years, I had not found an opportunity to do so. Following my Norfolk Island trip, I decided that was about to change. I contacted AeroKits Pty Ltd the Australian and New Zealand Agent for ICP to discuss the aircraft and to purchase one.
The mechanic on Norfolk Island upon learning that I had purchased a kit advised he was returning to New Zealand for a time to visit family and offered to take me under his wing. Together we set about the build of a Savannah S model in my hangar at Forest Field (NZFF).
When the aircraft was finished, it was registered ZK MYN (mine) and a CAA certification survey was undertaken. The aircraft received a Permit to Fly and the test flying conducted.
The aircraft would later go on to be awarded the SAANZ prize in 2017 for the best kit built aircraft at their Bi Annual event held at Ashburton in the South Island.
Prior to the build process, having formed a plan aligned with future goals for Westwind Aviation activity, I became the AeroKits sub agent for New Zealand. In 2018 we were appointed the sole Agent for New Zealand by ICP.
There are numerous Savannah aircraft at various stages of build throughout New Zealand. Two more have just been completed, registered, surveyed and issued a Permit to Fly by the CAA.
They are ZK ZAV and LAK. Well done David and Tony. Other Savannah S builds are expected to be completed and flying throughout 2020.
Customers believe the Savannah S model is a perfect aircraft for both North and South Islands when considering its amazing value, short field capability, sturdy design, quality materials, strength, flight visibility and impressive + 7.5 hour range capability.
The strength about an ICP aircraft is that as a designer and manufacturer they are constantly keeping abreast with technology and improving the quality and finish of their kits and factory built models. When you also consider the value of a kit set or factory built aircraft, an ICP aircraft will become your first choice.
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