New Vickers facility with Stage Two (right) currently under construction.
Vickers Aircraft has moved to its new location at the north end of the Hamilton Airport (NZHN/HLZ) in Hamilton, Waikato, New Zealand. This first stage of expansion increases the production area capacity to 11,000 square feet. Temperature and humidity controlled clean rooms, trim rooms, bonding rooms, and ovens have been installed for carbon fiber cutting, kitting, layup and curing. The second stage (of four) includes the midyear completion of additional space that will bring the total manufacturing area to just under 20,000 square feet. CEO and Founder Paul Vickers states, “We are committed to the detailed manufacturing of the Wave, all the way down to the piece-part level. This expanded manufacturing space allows us to fully utilize the existing equipment, and provides the needed space for the specialized equipment not yet on site, such as our paint booth, which is being installed over the coming months”.
We have now completed the major molds required for full production, these include the Upper and Lower Wing Skin molds. We are now shifting our focus onto production components and certification documentation, including the implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to manage production, traceability and quality systems.
Upper Wing Skin Mold after vacuum integrity testing.
Exterior Carbon Fiber Ply being laminated on Door Number 3.
Adhesive Film and Foam Core added to door skin.
Vickers is Growing
Vickers Aircraft has also added essential staff for composite layup and fabrication, aircraft assembly and certification. We are also happy to announce that Steve Hamblin has recently joined Vickers Aircraft in a key leadership role. Steve and his family have relocated from the USA to live in New Zealand to help bring the Wave to market. Steve brings with him a vast range of engineering, manufacturing, and aircraft certification experience including time at Columbia Aircraft (now Cessna), Cub Crafters, GE Aviation, and most recently ICON Aircraft. Steve is also Vice-Chairman of the ASTM F37 committee for Light Sport Aircraft. “I’m very excited to join the team here at Vickers Aircraft. The Wave is a great product, and has some innovative features that will really differentiate it in the market. It’s a refreshing change to get back to manufacturing an entire product under one roof. My family and I are enjoying the beautiful country of New Zealand, and the adventurous and industrious Kiwi culture”.
ByDanJohnson.com and Light Sport and Ultralight Flyer produced a recent interview with Paul Vickers, and the Wave; we encourage you to take a few minutes and enjoy the informative video, click on link below.
EAA Oshkosh 2017
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 24-30 July 2017- Vickers Aircraft has made the decision to not have a display booth this year, however we will be there for a Meet and Greet and Question and Answer session. Stay tuned for more details. The reason in short – we’re committed to stay focused on continued progress in getting the Wave ready for you! No hype, no flash, just simple execution - Oshkosh is fun, but it takes weeks/months of preparation, using precious time and resources for such a show. The more expense that is incurred during this important design and ramp to production stage will be reflected in the actual cost of the aircraft. We are determined to keep this to a minimum and spend investment appropriately, the direct result being a cost effective aircraft and a sustainable company. We’ll keep our heads down and focus on results for now…
Vickers Aircraft will continue to provide updates as we quickly move closer to flying and deliveries. A great deal of interest grows and the momentum keeps building as people discover the great benefits of the Wave. We are also now on LinkedIn! Feel free to follow us there as we make updates on our progress - Click on link below.