, who said his Hardee Airpark
near Myrtle Beach, S.C., has continued to expand during the recession, offers advice to prospective airpark residents based upon his
experience and feedback offered by attendees at his
Ron Heidebrink, developer of Hardee Airpark, about 12 miles from North Myrtle Beac
"I like to give people a checklist of about 15 items that need to be rated in making a decision on airpark living," said Heidebrink
credits Living With Your Plane publisher and renowned airpark expert Dave Sclair with providing many of the items on his
"My form asks seminar participants to rank prospective airparks for their quality of location, weather, cost, convenience, area entertainment, security, educational opportunities and schools, sports opportunities, local government, airpark covenants, neighbors, future of the area, convenience and attractiveness of the airpark for relatives.
Ask the tough questions on these subjects and you'll usually have a gut feeling about whether or not the place is right for you."
"My approach at the seminars in Lakeland and Oshkosh is not to push our airpark, even though I'm quite proud of it and its advantages," Heidebrink
said during a recent interview.
"Most important, I want people to decide if airpark living is for them and the things I've listed are those generally agreed to be among the most important factors for selecting one airpark over another."
"We usually get 20 to 30 people at an air show presentation," he
said a big mistake people make is that they think they can make a decision about an airpark after visiting for just a few hours.
"I tell them, whether you're coming to Hardee Airpark or going to an airpark in Florida or Georgia or wherever it may be, to spend several days there," he said.
"Use my point system or make your own, but ask the questions and make comparisons between airparks," Heidebrink