Why Choose Westwind Aviation?

About me

My name is Philip Seale. I had my first introduction to flying in 1979 and my career as a pilot commenced in 1985 following the study, saving the funds, and then undergoing the training required to complete my Private and Commercial License and an Instrument Rating. During these early years I tackled a variety of roles ranging from cleaning hangar floors to assisting engineers maintaining a range of General Aviation single and twin-engine aircraft. Upon completion of flight training, my persistence was rewarded with a job as pilot of Cessna single engine aircraft in the Northern Territory of Australia.

My General Aviation career lasted for about 3000 flying hours flying a variety of singles and twin-engine piston and turbo prop aircraft in Australia and New Zealand. While I have been flying aircraft for nearly 40 years, I found that I remained interested and enjoying the engineering side of aviation, particularly building, and maintaining aircraft.

Late 2020 I stepped away from a career of airline flying to focus on enjoying a rural lifestyle along with actively promoting and supporting a growing community of ICP aircraft throughout New Zealand.

I remain a member of the EAA (US), Cessna Pilots Association (US) and AOPA (US), AOPA (NZ), SAANZ, RAANZ, NZ 185 Groupand the Marlborough Aero Club.

Why my interest in Light Sport Aircraft?

Back in 2015 during a layover on Norfolk Island I chanced to meet a motor mechanic who had built an aircraft on the Island with two friends. The aircraft was the ICP Savannah S. As so often is the case with aviators, an invitation for a flight was offered to me. To say I enjoyed the experience was an understatement and walked away 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. Although being a member of the EAA (US) for about 25 years, I had not found an opportunity to do so. Following my introduction to the Savannah, I decided that was about to change and contacted the Australian and New Zealand Agent for ICP to discuss the Savannah and then, 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 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 was then conducted.

The aircraft would later go on to be awarded the SAANZ award 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 sub agent for New Zealand.

In 2018 we were appointed the sole Agent for New Zealand by ICP.

Recent Registrations

Recent additions to the register are ZK-RDY, SOX, LRS and BIC. Well done, Lionel, Graeme and Chris, Robbie and Lisa and finally Tony. It should be mentioned that BIC is Tony’s third Savannah S build. His original Savannah S, initially registered BIC is now reregistered as LAX.

There are numerous Savannah aircraft at various stages of build throughout New Zealand and many will be completed in 2022.

Why buy an ICP aircraft?

Customers often make the comment that the Savannah S model was their preferred selection for a light sport aircraft after considering its safety record, stable handling characteristics, amazing range, short field capability, sturdy design, production quality, excellent flight visibility, local spare parts availability, and value for money.

The added attraction for me personally about ICP aircraft is that they as an aircraft designer and manufacturer, are constantly innovating and consistently improving the quality and finish of their kits and factory-built models. I should mention that the new ICP model Ventura is available as both a kit set and a factory build. It’s point of difference to a Savannah S is that it has a single strut and larger interior and can be powered by a choice of engines to suit the owner’s preference.

I believe when you take into consideration the exceptional value of an ICP kit or a factory-built aircraft, we will become your preferred choice. However just don’t take my word for it. If you would like to be put in touch with a builder or owner close to you, please contact me via the link provided.


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