TAVAS is a volunteer, Not For Profit Organisation and we would therefore ask for any donation you see fit, whether that be in the form of money, equipment or your services. Please see the AIMS for more information and what you can get out of it.
Is membership only open to Australians?
Although this organisation exists to reproduce and demonstrate aircraft in Australia, we exist to share information and educate, fascinate and inspire all aviation enthusiasts and history buffs around the world. We therefore actively encourage people from other countries to register their interest and receive the same benefits our Australian members do. Our links page lists specialist businesses all round the world whose services may help us create these reproductions on our shores. We would actively encourage membership and input from these people.
What can we provide for you?
Shared pool of information and other resources
Possibly tooling and manufacture of certain difficult to create hardware
Organised get togethers to display Vintage aviation to a wider audience
Test flying new projects
Non Flyers/Non Builders -
Hands on experience in construction if wanted
Access to WW1 aircraft and flying events
Difficult to access information
Eventually passenger rides in museum aircraft
and much more
We actively encourage all people of all ages with an interest in what we are doing, to become part of this organisation. It doesn’t matter if you are not a pilot or a builder. We want you to register your interest and we will keep you informed of many of the hands on ways in which you can be involved if you wish to do so.
Why a separate National Body?
In a country the size of Australia, it is quite normal that several national bodies exist to restore, preserve and fly antique aircraft or warbirds and we actively encourage people to join or support them.
However, pre WW1 aircraft and WW1 fighters and trainers are very different to the more refined aircraft that came years after the War. WW1 was when aviation was literally coming of age. It went through rapid, considerable change during that time. The lessons learnt from that rapid transformation were used to create the vastly improved aircraft that came later.
The aircraft handling and the engines used were in some cases difficult to tame. These traits weren’t necessarily viewed as negative, as these same traits could be used to full advantage in the air to defeat an opponent.
The construction methods were unique for their time. Many of the methods of construction had been lost over the decades as new materials and new methods became available (especially during WWII). It is only through the tireless research of some individuals over the years that there is now enough information to accurately reconstruct these machines and incorporate some modern features that greatly increase safety and in many cases may make what was once a difficult aircraft, easier to handle.
Although the WW1 flying machines themselves were in many ways simple, elegant and beautiful, what they were used for, was not. This organisation is designed to give dedicated enthusiast such as yourself the opportunity to be part of recreating aviation history, and honour and remember the people who designed, built and flew these aircraft – often under extreme conditions and hardship.
No current National body exists dedicated to sharing information and assistance with the particular peculiarities of building and flying WW1 aircraft. No other National body is dedicated to encouraging people to actively become involved in hands on work or assistance to help others build and fly these aircraft and introduce the general public to the unique machines of this historically significant bygone era.
No other National body is determined to create an interactive flying museum designed to educate, motivate and inspire the current and future generations of Australians.
We can – with your help. Please CLICK HERE to find out what you can do and what’s in it for you.
What if I already belong to another vintage aviation or warbird organisation?
As stated, it is quite normal that several national bodies exist to restore, preserve and fly antique aircraft or warbirds. We acknowledge the great work these other organisations have done and we actively encourage our members to join or support them also.
However pre WW1 aircraft and WW1 fighters and trainers are very different to other vintage or classic aircraft. Therefore there is a need for a specialist organisation to concentrate solely on encouraging and assisting, the building and flying of these aircraft and finding the best way to make them available to a wider public on a more regular and sustainable basis.
That is why we ask for your assistance and registration of interest, regardless of what other vintage aviation or warbird organisations you may belong to, here or overseas.
What is the difference between Antique, Vintage and Classic Aircraft?
By definition, an Antique (or Vintage) aircraft is defined as constructed by the original manufacturer (or licensee) on or prior to August 31, 1945. Classic aircraft were constructed from September 1, 1945 through 1955. Many people refer to the years between the two world wars as the Golden Age of aviation.
I want to build a WW1 aircraft but how do I get started?
Joining this organisation and using the resources listed on our Links page, gives you the best opportunity to build one of these magnificent aircraft. You don’t need to be an aviation approved airframe or engine expert, nor do you have to go it alone.
Pretty much anyone with the right attitude can build a reasonably accurate reproduction. There are quick build kits available in many cases, or accurate plans and drawings for the complete scratch builder. The SAAA can monitor your build progress at several stages and approve the aircraft for flight at completion, regardless of what your background is.
Although several of the builds listed on this site are being completed solely by individuals for their education and enjoyment, other builders enjoy the assistance and social benefit of joining a syndicate to build an aircraft. This allows them to share knowledge, skills, time and cost with others, which gives the highest chance of completion in the shortest time.
If you are interested in meeting up with other like minded people in your area to discuss such a venture, fill in the ‘Register Your Interest’ form and list that you may be interested in joining a syndicate. We can then put you in touch with other people interested in doing the same.
Have a look at some of the organisations and resources on our links page and if you have any further questions, feel free to contact us.
Who makes up – TAVAS?
The Australian Vintage Aviation Society was established at the start of 2012 by Andrew Carter, Nathalie Gochel and Peter Hexter, to re-create genuine historic aviation on these shores for the education and interest of aircraft enthusiasts, historians and the public in general.
To be able to meet all of our objectives and create a truly unique organisation, 6 other Directors were brought on because of their enthusiasm for the project and the skill sets they bring to help the Society achieve all its aims successfully.
The 9 Directors consist of several airline pilots, Business managers, ex Defence Force personnel and two teachers. All of them volunteer their time and none of them receive any financial gain from this Not For Profit organisation.
They will continue to steer and manage the organisation through its upcoming growth and the challenges associated with that, and create an environment where more people will have more access to historical aircraft and actually see them performing, than ever before.
Where can I find more information or resources?
Our LINKS page has web links to many different manufacturers, restoration companies, resources and information.
You can also follow our more regular updates on FACEBOOK CLICK HERE FOR TAVAS FACEBOOK