Tuesday 19 May 2020

Homegrown Two Seat Homebuilt Aircraft of New Zealand (15) - Classic Aviation CA 18 Adventurer

The next new type of sport aircraft to be registered in New Zealand in 2015 was the Classic Aviation CA 18 Adventurer:

Classic Aviation Designs Ltd is a New Zealand company formed by Malcolm Savill of Hamilton (and later at Tauranga) in 2012 with the concept to re-introduce affordable aviation at grassroots levels to both new and experienced builders of aircraft offering plans and complete kits.  In 2012 Malcolm unveiled his Cubflyer Education Programme at Oshkosh, which was centred around building the CA 18 Adventurer aircraft by interested groups in High Schools, which was well received but hasn't progressed as quickly as hoped.  Apart from the prototype aircraft there are 2 other CA 18 Adventurers that I am aware of being built in New Zealand.

The CA 18 Adventurer is a full size Piper Cub replica but mainly constructed using Western Hemlock timber.  Plans are available for three versions with 599 Kg (1,320 pounds) as a LSA, 694 Kg (1,530 pounds) with a 100 HP engine or 870 Kg (1,920 pounds) all up weight with a 180 HP engine.  The dimensions are the same for all models and are the same as a PA 18 Cub:  length 22 feet 7 inches (6.88 metres), wingspan 35 feet (10.67 metres) and the wing area is 178.5 square feet.

We have had only the one CA 18 Adventurer registered in New Zealand to date:

ZK-CMR (c/n PT001)was registered to Malcolm P Savill of Hamilton on 10/7/15.  It is powered by a Continental O-200 engine of 100 HP.  It is photo'd above and below at Pauanui on 31/12/16.

And here it is again at Pauanui on 4/2/19.  On 9/2/19 ownership changed to Peter J Trewavas of Richmond.

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