Why Choose Westwind Aviation?

Why Choose Westwind Aviation?

We have been a New Zealand registered company since 2003 specializing in General and Sports Aviation Sales and Support. Since 2015 our core business has been the import and building 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 since allowed Clubs and training providers to consider the Savannah S as a training aircraft.

We maintain a comprehensive Spares holding but can also source aftermarket items for customers. We provide both on location and phone or internet-based support for our customers during the building of their kits.

We pride ourselves in supporting each individual build. 

Westwind Aviation provides the warranty 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 support of Avionics, Propeller and the Rotax engine warranty provisions.

Philip Seale is the Director and Manager of Westwind Aviation, the ICP Agent in New Zealand.

About me

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 Commercia License and Instrument Rating. Prior to this I held a variety of jobs from cleaning hangar floors to assisting qualified engineers maintain a wide range of General Aviation aircraft. Upon completion of my training, I was rewarded with my first job as pilot in a 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 continue to enjoy the engineering side of aviation, particularly building aircraft.

I am a New Zealand Citizen and I hold an RPL and ATPL. I have recently taken up an early retirement option from airline flying to promote the range and number of ICP aircraft throughout New Zealand.

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 understatement, I was left with a lasting impression as to what a fantastic aircraft this was.

I had always harbored 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.

 My Build

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 with 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 Biannual event held at Ashburton in the South Island.

 The Agency

Prior to the build, having formed a plan aligned with future goals for Westwind Aviation activity, I was appointed as the AeroKits sub agent for New Zealand. In 2018 we were appointed the sole Agent for New Zealand by ICP.

 The Future

There are numerous Savannah aircraft at various stages of build throughout New Zealand. Two more have so far been completed, registered, and issued a Permit to Fly by the CAA this year.

They are a factory-built Savannah S, ZK SVK and a kitset, ZK SOX. Other Savannah S builds are expected to be completed and flying throughout 2021.

I would like to acknowledge that ZK SUA, (see photo top of page) built and flown by Andy Drain has just accrued its 500th hour. Such a credit to you Andy, all those hours in such a short timeframe.

Customers believe the Savannah S model is a perfect aircraft when considering its amazing range, short field capability, sturdy design, quality materials, strength, flight visibility, value for money and quick local parts availability.

The strength about an ICP aircraft is that as a designer and manufacturer they are constantly keeping abreast with technology and design, consistently 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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