We design, develop and manufacturer distinctive ‘visionary airborne solutions’.
Our trademark airborne platform, the Seeker SB7L-360, is a ‘visionary airborne solution’ designed specially for aerial observation and surveillance. This aircraft is in use around the world and recently became the first aircraft of the new Iraqi Air Force.
SAA’s first product is the SB7 Seeker, a two-seat, high wing General Aviation aircraft - specifically designed to provide a cost effective solution in the niche market of aerial observation and surveillance.
The SB7 Seeker is specifically designed as an aerial observation and surveillance platform with low first and life-cycle costs, and clearly delivers performance characteristics not otherwise available in the fixed wing market place. Advantages over existing helicopter designs are docile handling characteristics, low vibration, high component fatigue lives, flexible sensor fits.
Following Seeker operations in Australia (power-line patrol) and the Middle-East (pipe-line patrol and general surveillance) valuable customer feed-back has occurred. This invaluable, real-world, in-the-field, feed-back, is now being applied in the design of the new SB-8 Seeker.
This real-world feedback enables SAA to maintain an effective competitive edge.
Our mission at SAA is to make:
Our aircraft are designed upon the fundamental basis of form following function. We analyzed what the market required in airborne surveillance and then designed an aircraft that not only meet these requirements but exceeded them.
Seabird Aviation Australia’s design and engineering facilities at Hervey BaySeabird Aviation Australia (SAA) identified a niche market that was not being addressed by existing fixed-wing aircraft manufacturers. This market was airborne surveillance. Having identified this market SAA set about designing and developing a low cost fixed-wing surveillance aircraft that could fill this niche. Type Certification, Quality Assurance procedures and Airworthiness Authority approval for manufacture then had to be achieved – followed by marketing and manufacturing the aircraft world-wide.
SAA has invested in excess of A$10,000,000 during the design, development, and certification – both in Australia and USA - of the aircraft. Funding was achieved with shareholders’ loans, the sale of equity, and State and Federal Government assistance.
Initial indication from the Market was that considerable in-country content and demonstrable after-sales support was required before export orders would be confirmed.
SAA Directors decided not to pursue further funding for serial production of complete aircraft in Australia but – instead - secure the IP and license the manufacture and marketing to offshore organizations who would be better positioned to access regional markets, and also could provide the necessary after-sales support. SAA will continue to supply complete aircraft parts and assemblies to local and regional markets as required.
Seabird Aviation Jordan’s license includes Middle-East, Asia, Africa and Europe.
Airport in Queensland provide cost effective research and development advantages and low manufacturing costs – enabling us to produce aircraft of the highest possible quality and standard - at competitive prices.
Seabird Aviation America license includes the countries of the Western Hemisphere – particularly North and South America.
SAA continues with research and product development and manufacture of Seekers for Australian, New Zealand, and South East Asian markets.
The company now has 18 staff including CAD draftsmen, aircraft welders, sheet metal workers, fibreglass mould and parts fabricators, electrical and avionics technicians. A regional network of skilled sub-contractors has been established to support SAA.
SAA is the sole owner of the Intellectual Property (IP) (Type Certificates, with supporting drawings, calculations, publications and know-how) relating to the Seeker aircraft. Highly qualified Australian and International aeronautical engineering consultants support SAA’s in-house capabilities. Approved sub-contractors are established for the production of CATIA drawings as necessary.