The "Latest News" page is dedicated to letting the world in on what is new and exciting going on at Triple Tree. Plus giving you an insight on the daily activities and people, whose works make Triple Tree a place you want to bring your family and friends. Not only to enjoy the aircraft flying and on display, but to see one of the most beautiful aerodromes in the world and learn about aviation of all kinds! Mr. Pat and the gang at Triple Tree are always working to improve the property and facilities, in an effort to make your visit here one of the most memorable experiences in your life.
TRIPLE TREE FLYER – NOVEMBER 2013
Just when you think Triple Tree can’t possibly get any better, it is! We’re not ready to completely reveal what the new upgrades are BUT we are ready to tell you that it involves moving a LOT of dirt, liquid and art! Suffice it to say that you will never see another aviation facility that can offer what we have in store for our visitors during the upcoming season. One more hint; you might want to get to the events earlier than you have in the past…………more to come later.
The Triple Tree volunteers recognize and appreciate the growing crowds at all of our events. We are looking at several ways to improve the pre-registration and on-site registration process. These changes should make the entire registration process simpler and allow for fast on-site registration (especially at the full-scale events).
“Ignite and Expand”
As you know, the mission of Triple Tree is “To Ignite and Expand the Passion for Aviation”. Recent events that support that mission include hosting over 150 fourth graders for half day field-trip visits. The subjects covered included aviation (basic aerodynamics) and aviation history. The theme of the history lesson was “The Wright Brothers – Imagination+Dedication+Determination = Aviation. This course, provided by Triple Tree volunteers, was designed to inspire and excite the children. Additionally, the class was held in the hangar with the children surrounded by restored, historic aircraft. Needless to say, they left with that “aviation sparkle” in their eyes!
Up We Go!
We have learned recently that the Tom Davis Foundation (founder of Piedmont Airlines) is making a generous gift to Triple Tree to further our youth aviation education efforts. As usual, we have some mighty big and exciting dreams about how we can further our efforts to get people of all ages (but especially the youngsters) involved and excited about all things that fly. Standby on this one; it’s going to be exciting!
Triple Tree Success Story – We’re saving the best for last
In 2002, Terry Maggard (now retired F-15 pilot) brought his young son Brent to Triple Tree for the Youth Masters event. While this was one of Brent’s first RC events, he won it at 12 years old! In a separate contest to see who got a ride with Mr. Hartness in his Stearman, Brent another youngster were tied and the eventual winner (Brent) was decided by their grades in school. Brent won with a perfect 4.0!
The winner (Brent) received a trophy and a ride with Pat Hartness in the Stearman!
Brent continued to excel in school and in RC and was eventually offered the opportunity to attend the U.S. Air Force Academy. While a cadet, he excelled academically and in the soaring program. Brent’s first step towards becoming an military aviator was at Pueblo, CO where he attended the Initial Flight Screening program and flew the Diamond DA-20 aircraft. At the completion of his final checkride, the instructor asked Brent how long he had been an instructor. Brent replied, “I don’t even have my pilot’s license!” The instructor asked him how he could fly so well given this fact and Brent replied, “Remote control flying, soaring at the academy and tips from my Dad!”
Brent recently graduated from pilot training as the top graduate in his class. Of five available awards, he received four and missed that one by only a few points. He will be flying the T-38 aggressor aircraft which is a lead-in to the F-22 within the next couple of years.
We at Triple Tree are very proud that our mission, “To Ignite and Expand the Passion for Aviation” played some part in developing this level of flying talent. We are proud to call Brent and his dad, Lt. Col. Terry Maggard, Triple Tree Aviators. Brent is a credit to the youth of today and a real asset to our national defense.
WELL DONE BRENT!