First Timers

                                                                            

FIRST TIMERS GUIDE

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

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.
Triple Tree events are not open to the general public. You must be an AMA member, a member of an aviation related organization (Civil Air Patrol, EAA, NBAA, AOPA, any aircraft type club, etc) or a licensed general aviation pilot to attend Triple Tree events. Guests of individuals meeting the above qualifications are also welcome.

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.

Bath House.

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.
Don’t forget to check the schedule for the world-class Triple Tree dinner meals. The absolute highlight is the world famous Triple Tree BBQ. What could possibly be better than cooked on site pork BBQ, boiled shrimp, lots of sides and the world’s best chocolate chip cookies? Well, add a big band playing WWII music in front of a hangar full of WWII trainers and it just doesn’t get much better! Tickets are limited to 1,000 people and these sell out fast! One note: don’t let 1,000 people in line scare you. We serve everyone in less than 20 minutes!

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.

Now for the Flying!

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

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.

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 Flight 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.

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!