The concept of Classic Aviation Designs Limited was conceived in 2004, and the company was incorporated on 31 Janauary 2012. Originally the concept was to reintroduce affordable aviation at grassroot levels to new and experienced builders of aircraft.
Malcolm and his wife Christine have raised two sons, who have benefitted from Malcolm’s skills as a designer and builder of 4x4 off road racers in the 80’s and early 90’s. This was as a sideliner to his full time job as is the designing and building of the Adventurer CA18. The Piper aircraft has always been a favourite for Malcolm. Although he learned to fly in a Cessna 172 at the Waikato Aero Club in 2002, he preferred the Piper Archers when he was fully licenced in 2004. He also gained a multi-engine rating in the Club’s Piper Twin Commanche as a fairly new PPL. Today he owns a Piper Cherokee 140 ZKDGQ which is based at Tauranga airport. It is only been in the last few years that he has had an opportunity to give tail dragging a go and hence his interest in Cubs began.
Part of the inspiration behind the Adventurer CA18 was to attract a new generation to sport flying and aviation related careers. We need to engage the next generation at an early age and foster this interest, therefore Malcolm was very keen to get the project into the education sector at a High School level. Giving students the opportunity to learn broadly based manual skills alongside technology isn’t a new idea. However, combining the idea with an aviation theme is starting to take off in New Zealand schools.
Malcolm was very fortunate to meet Paul Morrison, a retired Technology teacher from Wellsford who has built a Light Miniature Aircraft (LMA) was a long term project which has now completed its test flying programme and is a credit to Paul and his students. The students gained exceptional experience, skills and self-esteem that they would not have received if it wasn’t for this opportunity.
With the assistance of some key people such as Sid Siddiqi an ex Nasa engineer and retiree, CADL was able to present our concept of the Clubflyer Education Programme (CEP) at the 2011 and 2012 Oshkosh Trade Show. This concept was universally agreed, by all who attended the talks or from those spoken to privately at the event, that the programme had good merit to help revitalise the aging issues of aviation. Not only in the United States, but worldwide.
From the initial concept it was identified that private builders would also be interested in building the aircraft. CADL revised its initial education poject to also incorporate a private builders programme.
Due to the founder and CEO, Malcolm Savill, only being able to allocate limited time and resources due to other company demands and requirements, the programme hasn’t moved as quickly as he would like, but each step has to be carefully thought out prior to implementation.