Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
On behalf of the staff and volunteers, we would like to welcome you to Triple Tree! We want you to know that we take our moto “The home of Fun, Fellowship and Hospitality” very seriously and we promise to do our utmost to make your visit to Triple Tree one of the most enjoyable experiences ever for you and your family. This guide will help you navigate the first hours of the first day. It’s a BIG place with many moving parts but you’ll catch on very quickly.
What is the physical address of Triple Tree?
330 Mary Hanna Road, Woodruff, SC 29388
Joe Nall Week 2017 – Necessary Changes
Early Arrivial Guidelines
First, early arrivals have been arriving earlier and earlier each year. This places a real strain on our staff (and the grounds) as the volunteers need the time and the space to do the finish mowing and get everything in place. It’s just darn near impossible to do all that needs to be done when you already have a hundred plus guests on the property.
Early arrival parking
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 5:00pm, 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 5:00pm 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, 5:00pm release.
Premium reserved camper
Will be allowed to park campers in their reserved camping sight but will have to wait to park trailers on flight lines.
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.
We have always welcomed them. 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.
Flight lines and campers
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.
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.
Triple Tree Aerodrome will follow AMA guidelines. We are 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/
Q: I am already registered through the AMA, why do I have to register twice?
Q: Can I fly my large model aircraft? Turbine jets?
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!
Ok, we made it to the entrance to Triple Tree. Now what?
If you’re arriving before the gates officially open, you will be parked in our pre-event staging area in the order you arrived. You will find that the Fun, Fellowship and Hospitality will begin as soon as you arrive. The Welcome Center is located at the top of the hill. Friendly Triple Tree volunteers will be there to help you with any information you need. Remember, you can go ahead and complete your registration before the gates open. Please print the waiver form in advance and have it completed when you visit the Welcome Center to get your registration documents.
How soon can we pick out our campsite?
You will receive notification of the impending opening of the gates and once opened, you will be allowed onto the grounds in the same order that you arrived (first parked in the staging area will be first thru the gate). Other than the premium sites, all other camping sites are not reserved and are first come, first served. We ask that you follow the directions of the staff in parking. We understand that parking parallel to the scenic areas (flight lines, lakes, etc.) may be enticing but we’re going to ask that you park as directed, at an angle so that we can fit more great campers into a given area. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated.
There are two bath house facilities with real flush toilets. The showers have a wet and dry area with a locked door. Hair dryers are already plugged in next to the sink for you convenience.
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. If you have books to donate please do. 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.
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.
Now for the Flying!
We ask that all model aircraft flown on the Classic (Main) and 3D lines meet the following criteria:
Start model engines/motors only if the nose of the aircraft is forward of your flight station.
Rules specific to 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.
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 Flight Line
Fly only from flight stations. Remain within your flight box.
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.
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.
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!