Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

                                                                            

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Joe Nall Week 2019 – Necessary Changes


We continually listen to our guest’s suggestions and we’re always trying to create a better experience for everyone. For Joe Nall Week 2019, we have some new guidelines which we think will make your experience safer, better and ultimately place less wear and tear on your Triple Tree facility.

 

Arrivals

WHEN CAN I ARRIVE?

Joe Nall 2019 is right around the corner and we know that many of you will arrive here early after traveling from all over the country. We’ve heard your concerns about early arrival, so in the spirit of “Fun, Fellowship and Hospitality,” we have changed the early arrival policy so that everyone can have a safe, fun place to stay whenever you arrive here- we don’t want our friends camping out in the Walmart parking lot!  


Pre-Arrivals:

Starting on Sunday, May 5th at noon, guests will be welcomed into Triple Tree and allowed to park in a special early arrival location. Guests will not be allowed “over the hill,” until the official release on Friday at 5pm. At that time, vehicles will be allowed over the hill in the order of their original arrival.  However, if you PRE-REGISTER by May 8, 2019 at 10:00 EST you will be allowed in at 3pm!

 

Premium Campers

Campers that have premium campsites will be allowed to park at their campsite starting 9:00 a.m. Friday

*As a courtesy to our pre-arrival guests, Premium Campers are asked to NOT set up tents at any place on the property other than their designated premium camping space.  Triple Tree will be monitoring set up this year and should this become a nuisance we will adjust the procedures accordingly.


Reserved Flight Line Tents

Pilot that have rented the flight line tents will be allowed to park at their Tent starting 9:00 a.m. Friday.

In case of forecast of bad weather we have the right to change entry time onsite to  avoid a muddy mess.

In return for your early admittance to the grounds, Triple Tree will be asking for a reasonable donation. We know our guests are generous – after all, how much would it cost to stay at a commercial park instead?

Ok so I'm an Early Arrival where can I park?

As in years past, we will start lines beginning at a location near the Welcome Center on a first come-first served basis. When that row is filled, an orange cone will be placed at the end of a line and another line will be started. On Friday, at 3:00pm (If pre-registered), waiting guests will be released in the order they arrived (i.e. first line formed will be first line released, then the next line and so on until all are released). Please note that any PILOTS, TEAM PILOTS and VENDOR PILOTS  are considered guests and like all others, they must wait in line until Friday at 3:00pm (if pre-registered) to move their campers past the Welcome Center. They can drive their ATV, use their golf cart or walk “over the hill” to help their vendor setup but they will not be allowed to move any camper, tent, RV, etc. past the Welcome Center until it’s their turn in line.


VENDORS– Vendors with paid up spots will be allowed past the Welcome Center early but only to set up their sites. Vendor RVs, campers, etc. will be allowed early setup ONLY in the designated new vendor parking/camping area by the upper bathhouse. If a vendor prefers a camping site other than the one in the designated vendor camping area, they must wait in line until the Friday, 3:00pm(If pre-registered)  release. 


STAKING OUT SPOTS – In the past, waiting guests have walked “over the hill” and “staked out” spots to “reserve” them so that they are held and available when they are released. This practice has included Main Line tents as well as camping spots. For 2019, we will have “fairness” volunteers that will monitor the property. Anyone “staking out” an area or erecting any Flight Line tent in advance of the 3:00 pm Friday release will be asked to remove it. If the owner can’t be found after a reasonable search, the “stake out” marker or tent will be removed by Triple Tree staff. 


As you can see, we are trying to make this completely fair. Many, many guests drive tremendous distances and arrive very early hoping to find the perfect spot. To be released, only to find many of the most beautiful sites already taken by others is not what we want our guests to experience. Triple Tree and Joe Nall Week has always been blessed with thousands of guests that truly practice that great Triple Tree “Fun, Fellowship and Hospitality”. We are confident that with your support, these new guidelines will make everyone’s experience even more enjoyable.

 
When does the event end?

2019 Joe Nall Week officially ends on Saturday, May 18, 2019. We will allow camping on Saturday night but all guests will be expected to leave no later than noon on Sunday. The gates will be closing Sunday at 12:00 noon and we expect all campers and vehicle to be gone by this time. Our volunteers need the time to get the property cleaned up and ready for the next event. Remember, many, if not most of our volunteers, are taking vacation to work this event. Many have to go back to work on Monday so we desperately need the time to get the facility cleaned up.

 

Camping

What kind of Generator can I use?

For the thousands of campers at Triple Tree we have an unlimited number of dry camping sights.  Generators are a popular choice for making your stay comfortable.  To maintain this comfort we are going to ask that all generators that are louder than 60db@50ft be shut off at 10:00pm. If you have any question about the loudness of your generator come to the welcome center before 6:00pm and we will have an instrument you can use to determine if it qualifies.  We have looked at many camp ground generator policies and feel that this is more lenient than any we have seen.  If you have a medical condition that requires you have power thru the night please carefully consider your generator.


Are there places I can not park?

As a general rule (except where allowed on the electric line) no campers or toy haulers (campers which have living quarters in one section and a trailer in the other) will be allowed on the flight lines. Also, the number of camping tents along the flight line has increased to the point we need to make some changes. There will be signs posted in the flight line tent area, “Tent Camping on this side only” and “No Tent Camping on this side” these signs will be spaced away from the center of the flight lines.

I HAVE A LARGE RV. WILL I HAVE ANY TROUBLE MAKING TURNS, ETC. AS I ENTER TRIPLE TREE?

There are two routes for entry into Triple Tree off of Hwy 221. The most direct route simply exits off of Hwy 221 onto Mary Hanna Rd.. This exit has a steep incline with railroad tracks at the top. If you are arriving with a large RV or any other vehicle with a potential clearance problem, you should use the alternate RV entrance which is approximately one mile west (towards the town of Woodruff). There will be Triple Tree signs at both exits and along the arrival route which will direct you to Triple Tree. The sign at the Mary Hanna Rd. exit will direct large RVs to the alternate entrance which will also be marked. Just follow the signs!

IS THERE ANY SOURCE ONSITE FOR FOOD AND GENERAL SUPPLIES?

Yes, there is. For basic supplies, the Triple Tree General Store will be open at designated times each day. Check out the free Library in the General store. There are full service grocery, drug and hardware stores in Woodruff. You will find multiple food vendors onsite that are open for breakfast and lunch. For fine dining, Greenville is about a 35 minute drive away.

Regulatory Compliance

Triple Tree is an AMA field and Joe Nall is an AMA sanctioned event.

This information was copied from the AMA website:  For the complete text please follow this link  http://amablog.modelaircraft.org/amagov/2016/01/11/update-uas-registration-frequently-asked-questions/

Can I fly my large model aircraft? Turbine jets?

Yes. The Special Rule for Model Aircraft, which is part of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act, allows AMA members to operate model aircraft over 55 lbs as long as they are operating in accordance with AMA’s Large Model Aircraft safety program. AMA members can also fly turbine jets provided the operator holds a current AMA Turbine Waiver.
 
Am I permitted to fly first person view (FPV)? Can I fly at night?

Yes. AMA members are still protected by the Special Rule for Model Aircraft, which is part of the 2012 FAA Modernization and Reform Act. As long as AMA members continue to follow AMA’s safety guidelines for these activities, they can continue to fly. The guidelines listed on the FAA UAS website do not negate the modeling activities and related safety procedures established in AMA’s community-based safety program.
 
Will Triple Tree be enforcing Regulation 336? 

Triple Tree is not an enforcement agency. It is the responsibility of the operator to ensure regulatory compliance with the operation of their airplane.

NOW FOR THE FLYING!

Flight Operations

When can I start to Fly?

No flying before Friday 5:00 p.m.

Do you allow FPV Flying?   

The FPV flight line will be behind 3D next to the river. All FPV flying will be done at this flight line.  No camera drones allowed at any other flight lines.

What can I fly and where?

We ask that all model aircraft flown on the Classic (Main) and 3D lines meet the following criteria:
At least ¼ scale or
80” wingspan for monoplanes
60” wingspan for biplanes
All models must have their failsafe set to the following parameters:
Engine – idle
Controls surfaces – set to your choice
Please operate all model aircraft (including quads) in a designated flight line area. Please do not operate any model behind any flight line area as this poses a potential hazard.

GENERAL RULES

Start model engines/motors only if the nose of the aircraft is forward of your flight station.
You must have a spotter. If you don’t have one, just ask any of your new buddies or one of the Triple Tree flight line safety bosses. We’ll make sure this requirement doesn’t keep you from flying!
2.4 ghz radio systems required
Radios ON only at flight station and when you’re ready to fly.

Area Specific Rules

Classic (Main) Line
Fly a normal racetrack pattern. Basic aerobatics are ok. NO 3D flying

3d Line

There will be a safety line painted in front of the flight stations. Keep all 3D maneuvers beyond this painted line. No high energy maneuvers with aircraft headed towards flight line or spectators.

Float Flying

Fly only from flight stations. Individual sand beach flight stations and a dock are provided. Rescue boat is available. Do not overfly campers. Stay over the lake.

Heli Line

Fly only from flight stations. Remain within your flight box.

Electric Line

This rapidly expanding area is the new favorite and is designed to accommodate electric park flyers and slower, smaller electrics (less than 80” wingspan). Flying style is open to pilot discretion.

UGH! CRASHES

If  you crash or see a crash, make a mental note of where you where standing and where you last saw the model reference some landmark (tree, just to the left of the tower, etc.). With this info, the Triple Tree Crash Crew can usually retrieve it. Yes, we do have a cherry picker truck for accessible, low hanging tree landings and a boat for lake retrieval. 

WHAT ABOUT WHEN YOU’RE NOT FLYING?

Triple Tree has incredible hiking with over six miles of walking trails. Fishing in our two lakes is another favorite. Feel free to consume caught fish while on Triple Tree property. In other words, keep what you can eat and throw back the others. The next fisherman will thank you! Don’t miss the evening social events/dinners. You’ll never find a more beautiful setting than dinner on the patio overlooking the lake with the sun setting and LED lit models flying. It’s just awesome! Be sure and visit all of the vendor tents. Not only will the latest and greatest equipment be available, there is usually special pricing on many items. Feel free to come into the hangar and inspect some really beautiful airplanes. Pat’s Spartan Executive “The Spirit of Triple Tree” is fully restored and is just incredibly beautiful. You won’t see one of these sitting around most airports! Lastly, be sure to check out the seminars and workshops.

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SAFETY NOTE!

There is one road that traverses the entire length of Triple Tree. During our major events, this road can become VERY busy with golf carts, Triple Tree buses, arriving and departing campers, foot traffic and motorcycles. THE SPEED LIMIT IS 10 MPH. BUSES AND PEDESTRIANS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY. ONLY LICENSED DRIVERS OVER 16 YEARS OF AGE MAY OPERATE A MOTORIZED VEHICLE WHILE ON TRIPLE TREE PROPERTY.   For safety, we are asking that there is NO VEHICLE TRAFFIC between the General Store and the Learning Center

Are pets welcome?

Unfortunately, we have had several recent incidents of dogs biting people or other dogs. For all future events, we will continue to welcome our furry friends, but we must require that they be on a leash.

Can I bring my own Golf cart?

You welcome to bring any transportation you like. Please be respectful of the 10 mph speed limit and not tearing up turf.

A Update this year is the ban of low riding Go-carts.  We are sorry for any inconvenience, but safety is our first concern

AS A GUEST, WHAT CAN I DO TO HELP?

Most of all, we want you to have a great, relaxing time while at Triple Tree. You can help though by helping to keep litter in the trash barrels and off the beautiful grounds. ALL trash is going to have to get picked up so if you see trash on the ground, please pick it up and dispose of it. Next, if you have a little spare time and want to volunteer, we’ll do our best to find you something to do! Just contact any Triple Tree volunteer and they’ll get your cell number and we’ll contact you with opportunities.

A FINAL NOTE FROM THE TRIPLE TREE STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

All of us at Triple Tree are excited to welcome both our new and old friends to Triple Tree again this year. Please, leave all of the world’s stress behind you at our gates. Once through that famous Triple Tree gate is a world of flying fun and friends. Come enjoy a true “aviator’s field of dreams”.  It was conceived, constructed and carefully manicured just for YOU!