History of JCW

Photos and details of how a few original members turned a flooded sugarcane field into a sport aviation mecca in South East Queensland. Also a special thank-you to Dave Donahue (one of the original club members) for providing these great photographs.

This rare and historic photo shows the very first location for our club in the Jacob's Well area.

This first airfield is about 500 m away from our current location and importantly you can see quite clearly all of the different runways mowed into the grass. Back then the aircraft were not as sophisticated as they are now and a 5 knot crosswind was the absolute maximum upper limit for many of the aircraft designs which at the time were really basic ultralight aircraft like the Wheeler Scout. This is why there are so many runways going in different directions so you could always take off or land into the wind.

It is believed this photograph was taken in the late 80s or early 90s.

Our present airfield location is on the right-hand side of this photograph approximately 2/3 rds of the way up from the bottom of the photograph with many of the identifying features in this photograph still visible today including the cemetery, and the horse racing track in the bottom right-hand corner of the photograph. All of the original area where our first airfield was located has now been mined for sand and they are now large freshwater lakes.

Do you have any historic photographs of sport aviation flying on the Gold Coast ? if so please make contact here so we can include them on this page.

Please click on the smaller photo to view a large photo and caption, press the "N" button to continue to the next photograph or place your mouse on the right side of the photograph until the word next is displayed and then click. You will work it out.

GCSFC Life Member Lance Billman

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GCSFC Life Member Arthur Hill

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GCSFC Life Member Roger Porter


Roder Porter receiving Life Membership Award
2008

Roger Porter and the Gold Coast Sports Flying Club are two names which seem to go hand-in-hand or side-by-side in the same sentence or conversation. Roger was one of the founding club members and has probably done more for the club than any other single person over the period from 1988 through to 2007.

Much of this time Roger served as either president or vice president until October 2007 when he decided to stand aside and let others take over the running and responsibility for the club. Rogers efforts over the years have really made this club what it is today and without his contribution we would not have the fantastic facility which is now available to members.

Since 'retirement' Roger now has more time to fly in his Glasstar aircraft and he still visits the club several times a week to oversee the activities.

GCSFC Life Member Ole Jensen


Ole Jensen receiving Life Membership Award
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GCSFC Life Member Lloyd Salisbury O.B.E.    Over Bloody Eighty and still flying!!!


Roger Porter, Lloyd Salisbury, Rod Walden and David Donahue
April 2010

Lloyd is one of the lucky ones who, at turning 80 and still flying, has the right to call himself a UFO (United Flyers Octogenarians- those that are still flying past the age of eighty) That’s all very nice, but what Lloyd has given us as members is the important thing.

Lloyd, along with a group of fellow pilots had the vision to create Heck Field. They worked their butts off, and as Lloyd describes it, still had the time for flying, friendship and a great social network.

So to offer Lloyd life membership is but a small token of appreciation and thanks we can offer to our founding members – Thanks Lloyd, we, the members owe you and the other founding members ‘big time’!


Past Presidents Honour Role
1982-1983
Steve Yuke
2003-2004
Roger Porter
1983-1985
Chris Conroy
2004-2005
Roger Porter
1985-1986
Chris Conroy
2005-2006
Roger Porter
1986-1988
John Boniface
2006-2007
Roger Porter
1988-1989
John Boniface
2007-2008
Roger Porter
Peter Johnstone
1989-1992
John Boniface
2008-2009
Merv Hargraves
1992-1993
John Boniface
2009-2010
Rod Waldon
1993-1994
John Boniface
2010-2011
Jason King
1994-1995
David Donahoe
2011-2012
Paul Brooks
1995-1996
David Donahoe
2012-2013
Paul Brooks
1996-1997
David Donahoe
2013-2014
Paul Brooks
1997-1998
David Donahoe
2014-2015
Paul Brooks
1998-1999
Loraine Ueda
1999-2000
Roger Porter
2000-2001
Roger Porter
2001-2002
Roger Porter
2002-2003
Roger Porter


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