The Historical Aircraft Restoration Society (HARS) based at Illawarra Regional Airport, south of Sydney, was formed in the late 1970's by a group of aviation enthusiasts interested in the preservation of Australian aviation history.
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The ICP Savannah is a high wing, single engine, recreational sport aircraft with side-by-side seating for two. Produced in Italy, the Savannah can be supplied to customers or importers / representatives as a ready-to-fly aircraft, or kit-form to be assembled by an amateur builder.
The Savannah can be flown by recreational pilots as a basic aircraft, or if owners are prepared to spend additional money, can be improved. Current available variants are the S and XL.
Improvement options can include (but not limited too) the addition of a digital cockpit to provide the pilot with more information, communication upgrades, enhancements to the engine or undercarriage which can include the fitment of larger, more rugged tyres, as well as a variable-pitch propeller instead of the standard fixed-type propeller.
If obtained in kit-form to be assembled privately - an engine, propeller, VHF / UHF radio and paint are not included therefore need to be sourced to complete the aircraft. The Savannah is generally powered by either a 80hp or 100hp Rotax engine, although there are other engine suppliers available such as Jabiru.
Information from the manufacturer suggests the general cruise speed of a 100hp Rotax powered Savannah complete with vortex generators (VG) to the upper-front section of the wings, designed to improve the angle-of-attack before stalling, is 90 knots, with a maximum speed of 95 knots. It is recommended for the speed to never exceed 108 knots though. Stall speed with full flaps is a very slow 26 knots, although approach speed is about 35 knots.
The maximum range of the Savannah with standard fuel tanks is listed as approximately 355nm / 657km.
In Australia, the importer / supplier of ICP Savannah light sport aircraft is Aerokits : http://aerokits.net.au/