Keith and Hazel Jackwitz are definitely not your everyday developers
In fact, the airpark is their one and only ever development venture, and they are in it first and foremost from a mutual love of aviation.
Keith and Hazel HOLIDAYING AT nearby MAGNETIC ISLAND
Keith earns his living by growing vegetables just 5 km down the road from the airpark and he has been a grower in the Lockyer Valley for all of his working life. Hazel manages a vegetable seedling business on the same farm.
Keith started flying back in the sixties at the age of seventeen at Toowoomba and did his theory via correspondence. Keith remembers that hiring a plane with an instructor back then cost $13.50 per hour. To Keith this was expensive, about ¼ of his weekly wage (actually about the same today). The aircraft were brand new Piper Cherokee 140 aircraft, and he gained his PPL in 1967.
In the years since, whether good farming years or bad, Keith has always been flying, the only break being a Tour of Duty in Vietnam.
Hazel is a pilot too and has held her PPL for about 25 years. Her interest was kindled by almost having an unplanned Trial Instructional Flight while holding the brake lever on Keith’s Piper Colt as he was hand starting it. It was decided at the time that Hazel would benefit from a few lessons and, from that moment on, she has never looked back. She did her early training in the Colt, then navigation training in the couple‟s Cessna 210, and finally finished with a twin-engine IFR rating. (And people say that Keith had the bug!).
They still have a half share in the original Colt but most of their flying is in their Vans RV7A, which they built in their garage over an 18 month period. The plane‟s first flight was in January 2007. Its GA registration is HGJ, which stands for “Hazel Grace Jackwitz”. The sporty little aircraft is painted in rather bright colours, perhaps not quite to Keith‟s choosing, but then, like most married men, he knows when to agree with his better half. The couple use the RV for travelling, and are planning to head north-west later this year, across the continent to the Kimberly’s, hopefully, according to Keith, avoiding the diamonds and pearl salesmen of that region while they are there.
Keith says that the development of the airpark was a real challenge for both of them. It is easy to see that they are extremely proud of their achievement, even though they are quick to credit the venture‟s success to the people who have committed to the concept and support the community.
Keith says that the development creates opportunity for the kind of aviation-oriented lifestyle that they all enjoy, where they can invest in a house and hangar with absolute confidence that they have full control over the airfield and its future.
If you would like to find out more, you can reach Keith or Hazel on 0408 716 643,