The Australian Warbirds Association (AWAL) is the administering body for all Limited category (ex-military and historic) aircraft operations in Australia. Through delegations granted by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority, AWAL issues Certificates of Airworthiness, oversees maintenance systems, provides safety guidance, manages adventure flight operations, facilitates Permit Index assessments, and assists with specialised training for hundreds of warbird owners and operators nationwide. In addition, the Association offers an opportunity for aviation enthusiasts to join our community and participate in its ongoing growth.
The Australian Warbirds Association, or AWAL, was incorporated in 1989 as a not-for-profit company with the intention of connecting all those with a passion for ex-military aircraft, including owners, operators, maintainers, restorers, historians, and enthusiasts. Over the years, many friendships have been formed through shared efforts to promote and preserve the proud Australian and foreign military aviation heritage warbirds represent.
As Australia’s aviation community progressed into the late-‘90s and early 2000s, it became apparent that CASA’s long-term goal was to direct all non-type certificated aircraft towards approved industry bodies in a model that became known as Self Administration. Taking a pro-active approach, AWAL’s leadership worked hard over the ensuing years to prepare for this eventuality. CASA took some early steps in this direction, such as the creation of Limited category special airworthiness certificates; but it was not until the end of 2006 that the mandate for self-administration was put forth to the association. In May 2007, the Australian Warbirds Association received authorisation through CASA Instrument 161/07 to “Administer the operation of aircraft engaged in special purpose operations mentioned in sub-regulation 21.189 (3) of the Civil Aviation Safety Regulations 1998”. AWAL had become the CASA-designated self-administering organisation for all Limited category operations in Australia!
This milestone represented a seismic shift in the Australian Warbirds Association’s future direction. Prior to obtaining the delegations for self-administration, the organisation was (in addition to internal preparations for self-administration) largely focused on social and advocacy issues for the warbird community. Subsequently however, AWAL’s direction changed almost overnight towards the very real tasks of managing certificates of airworthiness, maintenance systems, adventure flight operations, and more for hundreds of warbird owners and operators nationwide. In the ensuing years, the association has worked tirelessly to become a first-rate administering and advocacy body for Australia’s vibrant and growing warbird community. We maintain a high degree of engagement with CASA, the Department of Infrastructure, and other Government entities towards ensuring our members are granted the best operating conditions possible. We have expanded our affiliations with like-minded groups, both within Australia and internationally. In addition, AWAL’s management has introduced or is pursuing several programs and initiatives with the overall goal of improving safety while encouraging a high level of camaraderie.
The future of Australia’s warbird movement, and by extension the Australian Warbirds Association, is very strong! Our numbers are growing steadily as more and more pilots and enthusiasts discover the myriad benefits of joining AWAL. This is a movement you too can be a part of; join the Australian Warbirds Association today and contribute to the future of Australia’s warbird community!
The AWAL Constitution can be downloaded in PDF format on this link: AWAL Constitution
Exposition & Self-Administration Manual
The AWAL ESAM can be downloaded in PDF format on this link: AWAL ESAM
Code of Conduct & Ethics
The AWAL Code of Conduct can be downloaded in PDF format on this link: AWAL Code of Conduct & Ethics
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AWAL will only disclose personal information in accordance with the Act. This means that it will be disclosed if:
- You were informed when the information was collected that it would be disclosed for a stated purpose or for a related purpose that you would reasonably expect;
- The association has your consent;
- The association is required by law to disclose it; or
- it is otherwise permitted under the Act.
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AWAL Home Page Video taken by Katie Burgess.